There has been this stigma, within Christian culture, around the idea of “big” or “mega” churches. Most people assume that these churches are shallow spiritually and not a healthy place to build relationships. This may be the case with some, however, studies have shown that within some of the largest churches in the world, that would contradict this stigma, there was one consistent key element. This was HOLISTIC SMALL GROUPS.
The truth is, when we look closely at the concept of small groups, there’s nothing small or insignificant about them. The potential in implementing them in our churches is limitless. However, this potential is based on some key elements. This key is within the adjective…holistic. The term holistic, in this context, is simply referring to the reality that people are multi-dimensional and need ministry is all areas. These groups are easiest seen as “church microcosm’s”. This means that you can expect everything that characterizes the church as a whole.
To connect this to holistic small groups, we want the people within these small groups to be nurtured in three areas. We want people to have healthy heads, hearts, and hands. If we look into Acts 2:42-47 we see a blueprint I believe God has laid out for us. In verse 42 it speaks of how the church was “continually giving themselves to the apostles teaching”. For us to have healthy heads we have to be continually giving ourselves to strong biblical study and conversation. We don’t just want to be bible based Christians we want to be bible saturated Christians. Small groups are a great place to have conversations and ask honest questions regarding scriptural truth, especially if someone is new in their faith. This is where having a group of people from different stages in their walk of faith can be so beneficial. People who are stronger in biblical understanding can challenge some of our paradigms while younger believers can help remind us of the simple yet powerful truths. The one point we don’t want to miss within having healthy heads is it must lead to application in our lives and engaging culture with the reality of faith.