I don't really know when the term "small group" became popular. I know that when I was in 3rd grade I started a new school. That was the year I first discovered what cliques were. It was probably in a not-so-good way. I remember being asked by Steph Greer if I wanted to be in "her" group. I didn't really know what that meant until the next day I found out that two other girls in the class weren't in "her" group. In fact they were told they couldn't be. So me being the wanna-be rebel in training decided that we (the three of us) should make our own "group" separate from "her." Well that really got in her craw. Steph decided she didn't like not having control over the groups one bit. So we drew battle lines and started negotiations. Finally three recesses later we agreed that one big group was better anyway. After all we were all in the same class.
So tomorrow I lead my first small group that consists of only un-churched people. Already I've labeled it twice. Its a small group (whatever that means) and it's not-churchy! Again I've become the wanna-be rebel. I can't seem to really out and out rebel but I cant really seem to conform either. You see I've been doing the church thing on and off since high school and professionally for about 9 years. And everytime I get into a Sunday School, Bible Study, prayer group, accountability group, small group, or whatever you want to call it, I tend to get very frustrated. I either never learn enough or I'm too liberal or I'm too conservative or I just think people come with their own agenda and can't think outside the box. The two exceptions to this rule have been when I'm working with youth and having random discussions with non-church people.
Back to tomorrow... I've got a group of 5 people (but only 3 of us can meet tomorrow) and we are just going to get together and try and change the world. We have no agenda, curriculum, or attidude that I know of. This will all change of course after a few weeks but for right now its new and refreshing. Exciting actually. I think this time - I might actually learn something.
Until Everyone Hears,
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