Healthy Groups

Since we put most of our ministries under the Community Groups banner, we have to be able to measure whether our groups are healthy or not. To do that, we have identified 3 things that every community group should have:

1. Community

Our groups are ultimately about doing life together. This does not mean that every person in the group needs to have a deep, personal relationship with each other. It simply means that relationships are being formed that are built on more than just the study.

Questions to ask:
  • Are people getting together sometimes outside of the group?
  • Are people engaging in conversation before and after group starts? 
  • Is there a lot of laughter at the group? Laughter is a healthy sign.

2. Study

Community is important, but without a study, it might as well just be a social club. People can get that from other places in their lives. Our groups exist to help people take their next spiritual steps in the context of community. We have a list of suggested studies for groups to use. A good study simply starts a conversation that leads to action.

Questions to ask:
  • Are people in the group growing spiritually?
  • Can you see a difference in their lives?
  • Are they serving in the church? Are they giving their time, resources and talents?

3. Mission

We believe that every group at Cross Point should be engaging the community around them. We do this by partnering with organizations that are already making a difference in the city. We also do it with simple acts of service. Our groups did an amazing job of this during our Serve 4 Seven week before Easter. Each quarter, we also offer a Serving Saturday where all of our groups serve on the same day around the city. It is a powerful reminder of what the Church should be.

Questions to ask:
  • Has the group served somewhere in the community this semester?
  • Are the group members understanding the importance of serving their neighbors?

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About the author

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris’s first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

2 comments on “Healthy Groups”

  1. Jenny Surratt

    There was a lot of laughter at our group last night. Guess it’s healthy 🙂 Seriously though, it is so encouraging to see your group members connecting outside of group. I love when real community happens.

    • Chris Surratt

      We did have a lot of laughter last night! I was reminded again at how important being in community is. Thanks for commenting on my blog! 🙂

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