We are reviewing our Growth Groups at church using a process developed by Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York. In our groups we aim to cover the four ‘W’s: Worship, Word, Witness and Works of service. We can get stuck in a rut and so we check how we are getting on once in a while.
Something which is coming out of the review process, and other recent developments, is the idea that each group can adopt another ministry. One group has already started taking services at a local nursing home where a lady from the church is in long term care. Around 20 residents attend regular services run by our group and a group from another local church. One of our groups yesterday had the idea of linking itself to our “Cake and Chat” coffee morning. One member of the group already goes to Cake and Chat and another bakes cakes each week. All we need to do is join the dots. There are already ideas beginning to flow for how the growth group could serve and care for Cake and Chat as a whole group. The link also provides a natural pathway for people to move from informal chat to greater involvement in church life.
By establishing these links between growth groups and other ministries, group members can use their collective gifts to build the church. It is great to see these ideas emerging as we go along. It seems obvious to me now that our growth groups can serve in this way.