Where I come from small groups (especially ones for Jesus) are a relatively new phenomenon. I guess when I was younger, we had small groups, but nobody called them that, and most of us didn’t recognize the benefits that arise from being members of one. My first introduction was when I went on a “Walk to Emmaus”, and they talked about being a member of a “Reunion Group”, which was defined as: 3-5 people who meet together once a week to review how they’re doing in their walk with Jesus; to answer one or more of seven questions about things like: 1] Closest moment to God; 2] Discipleship denied, 3] Discipleship confirmed, and a few others. They called it an “accountability” group. That always sounded like you had a list of things you were supposed to be doing, and the other members of the group were supposed to hold you accountable, if you fail to live up to your duties as a Christian. I almost didn’t join a Reunion Group because of the crushing weight of being held accountable. However, it turns out to be a lot more about love, and a lot less about accountability.
I’m a member of three “small groups” now. Two of them would loosely fall under the umbrella of Emmaus Reunion Groups. The other one I’ve been having with my daughter (and a few others) early on Saturday mornings for more than 10 years. Now that group includes my favorite son-in-law. It’s the best of the lot, even though the others are truly a blessing as well. Continue reading