"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Stretching People

Small groups are a great place to talk about things, sometimes philosophical and sometimes practical. As leaders, ideally we want to teach philosophical principles and discuss how they apply to everyday life. In reality, we have to teach people where they are. For less mature Christians, we need to work on basics with a focus on application. For more mature Christians, we need to spend more time on principles and while we don’t ignore application, it is less of our focus.
You may be thinking to yourself right now – “Okay, so what’s the point?”.  The point is to a) think about and b) recognize where the people in your group are. If they need milk, give them that. Trying to teach principles to a toddler is wasted effort. However, I find that more often that what our people need is meat and we are giving them milk.
How do we know? I recently heard a saying that I like. It says that you can be comfortable or you can be growing (the two rarely go together). To gauge where you are, think about this: Do the people in our groups scratch their heads occasionally and really think about what we’re saying? If all of the subjects are comfortable and easy, they are ready for more!
Don’t Forget that you can post comments, review past articles and see past meeting notes at:, Thank you for the time and energy you invest in your small group. It’s a great way to serve!!!
Will Singer


May 6, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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