From Our Assistant Rector

The Power of Small Groups
By the Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Posted March 20, 2013

The Rev. Tar Drazdowski.

I have been conducting an informal study about the large nondenominational churches for some time. I have to admit they spark my curiosity. When given the opportunity to speak to a member of one of these churches, I frequently ask about their attraction to the church and what attracts them to that type of worship. As you might imagine I get all sorts of responses. Just in case you are wondering, I do not feel that we should change our liturgy but I do think that we can learn from the responses of people who love that type of church and worship.

The response that I often hear is that they like the entertainment style of worship, but what they really are attracted to is a sense of belonging to a small group. The small groups take on many different forms from a group of people who are the same age or are interested in the same types of things. Small groups are often organized around life events or the age of the people in the group. These groups are often called Home Church, Life Group, and Care groups.

Christ Church is familiar with small groups and they are woven into the fabric of our very existence. We have groups that have been meeting of 30 to 35 years. Many of our groups have names, we call them Reunion Groups, Bible study groups, Altar Guild, the Men in Blue, St. Francis, Café Grace, the Knitters, and Daughters of the King, just to name a few.

The groups are intentional. They have a specific purpose. They gather together to perform a common function which is in some way is to build the Body of Christ. These groups build community. The formation of community is at the heart of Christianity. While Christianity was in its infantile stages, small groups of Christians were held together in worshiping communities. These communities ate together, worshiped together, and labored together to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

We all belong to some type of group or another but these intentional groups often have a purpose to hold each other accountable for their Christian life and to provide support for each other as we journey along life’s path. The name of the group is not important, but what the group does is what holds it together.

If you are interested in belonging to a small group, please let me know. I will be happy to help you get one organized.