There are some biblical principles that are as true for small groups as for marriages, teams, partnerships, or any kind of enterprise where two or more are involved. One of the most important principles is “a Sense of Us.”

A Sense of Us means …

  • Us is always more important than me.
  • Us always makes me better.
  • There is no us without me.
  • The personality of each me makes the us … well, us.
  • Us is more than just the aggregation of more than one me.
  • A healthy marriage does not really begin and end with me, and neither do healthy groups or teams.
  • Oh, and most importantly, there is no possibility of us without Him.

And here are the10 Commandments of Us:

  1. Consider us as better than me.
  2. Bring all your me to us.
  3. Never allow me to get lost in us, but …
  4. Look not only to the interests of me, but also to the interests of us.
  5. Do not hold tightly to the rights of me.
  6. Think about us, not only me.
  7. Love us.
  8. Be an encourager of us.
  9. Build up us.
  10. Look for how God will use us to reach another me.

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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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