One of the types of small groups that we focus on at The Vine are what we call "Common Cause" groups. These are small groups in which people come around a common need or cause.
Some examples of this are our Marketplace group which connects people who want to be encourage to live and bring their faith at work. Another example is starting Celebrate Recovery, which brings people together with deep hurts and addictions. Another example of a common cause group is a marriage enrichment group, and we have been talking recently about starting a group on Finances and Money (maybe a Crown Ministry or Dave Ramsey group)
How do you start common cause groups at your church?
One of the first things you want to do is look around and see who's in your church and start praying for God to reveal the hurts and needs. Here are some questions to ask as you get started:
- What are the people talking about?
- What's going on in their lives?
- What do they need?
- What are their shared experiences?
- What opportunities do you see to help people?
- What needs are shared between the people of God and those outside of the church?
Once you know what the needs are, you need to identify potential leaders.
There's a lot going on in the lives of people in your congregation. When you step back and ask God to show you the opportunities, you'll see many ways to care for people, bring them together in small groups, and to allow God to start healing and transforming their lives.