Commitment and Small Groups: You Can’t Have One without the Other

I’m starting a new blog series today about commitment and small groups, which is kind of ironic, in a way, because this is my first post of 2014. I’ll try to do better … I promise.

What does it mean for a small group to be committed? I’ll address different levels and kinds of commitment in this series. Here are a couple questions to consider as you begin to think about commitment in your group(s). I’ll try to answer these questions:

  • WHY is commitment even important in a group?
  • WHAT is your group committed to? Christ? Growing in Christlikeness? One another? The group itself? A mission? Mutual discipleship and accountability? Something else?
  • WHAT are the most vital commitments in a small group?
  • Can you be committed to Christ without being committed to a group of God’s people?
  • Do all small groups have the same level of commitment?
  • HOW can you increase the level of commitment in your group? (this is a key question many group leaders ask.)
What additional questions would you ask about this topic? I’ll try to add your question to the list.
Here is a picture of a small group that I know are committed to one another. This is a group at Northeast Christian Church led by Blake and Angie Spencer (center). As a group they all went out and got tattoos together.
Dave and Susan Canary, Blake and Angie Spencer, Casey and Jennie Snow

 

 
That’s commitment! How’s your small group doing?

Author: Michael Mack

Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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