What's So Great About Small Groups? - Part II

The Application and Practice of "Tribe-Centricity"

Tribe-Centricity.

What does that mean?

I left off last week with this:

Small Groups gives us the chance to invite people into our homes to talk about what is being taught, to wrestle with the application and to find practical ways to quickly respond to the needs around us. It gives us a shared platform to help rebuild the hope that so many have lost; the hope that there is Someone who can put it all back together.

We see each other at church all of about 2 hours. Seventy-five percent of that is spent listening to someone present a song or a video or a teaching while we mostly sit quietly and soak it in. But how much do we get to check in with the person across the tables from us? By the time you get the kids checked in, fight your way to the coffee and brownies and rush to grab a playbill and a seat before the countdown hits all zeros, you've got about 15 seconds to say hello to the person you just bumped into. 

Quality time?

Is this satisfying to anyone? 

Most of us have chosen to attend The Grove and even become members because we believe in or align with the mission and roadmap of this spiritual community of Christ-followers. But do we really get the opportunity to connect with the people we sit near who've made the same declarations in these two hours a week?

Have you ever taken a moment to ask someone at your table why they keep coming to The Grove?

What is it that keeps them connected?

My guess would be that if you crossed that line and asked, the answer would probably include a person's name and an opportunity to serve in some mission.

But how do we get the opportunity in the 15 seconds of proximity with each other we have each week? Well, simply put...

We don't.

As I mentioned earlier, "Small Groups gives us the chance to invite people into our homes to talk..." And in these conversations, somebody gets connected to a person with a name and a common mission. 

Tribe-centricity takes us from wandering around alone to discovering real connections and something to which we want to give our time, our money and our lives. 

Practically speaking, there will never be a way for the staff and elders to personally minister to everyone who attends our church. That's why we place such a high premium on group life. It's how we minister effectively to each other at The Grove. (from thegrovechurch.com/small-groups)

This season, as Small Groups kickoff, make sure you find a Tribe to align with and find the connection to others that keeps you connected to something bigger than you could on your own.

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