Are you aware that our church is deceptively large? It doesn't feel that big and doesn't look that big, but the truth is we are big enough that it is hard to keep connected to everyone. The pastoral staff regularly talks about how challenging it is to keep up with who is here or who has been missing a few weeks. One of us will think people were not here, but another one will have had the chance to talk with them. On top of that, it can take weeks or months to meet new people that have been attending regularly. And think about how hard it is to learn everyone’s name, let alone to get to know them in a more personal way. These are challenges we must continue to address as the church continues to grow.
For the last 11 years, small groups have been an essential and effective part of Maranatha “Building Relationships to Build Saints.” They have helped us address some of the challenges of connecting with each other. As we get ready to start a new year of small groups, it is important for us to realize as great as our small group ministry is and has been, there are also some very significant dangers that also come along with our small group ministry.