by Bob Whitesel Ph.D., 7/6/15.
Sometimes people wonder about the content and foci of small groups. While small groups come in all styles, types, environments and characteristics; in my experience they are healthy when then all possess three Biblical commonalities.
And, I have often thought that calling these groups NOW groups might be helpful (and relevant) in remembering these three Biblical commonalities.
N stands for nurture
O for outreach, and
W for worship.
Thus, each small group would have what former-Rector Mike Breen (of St. Tom’s in Sheffield) calls the triangle of small group focus: Up-In-Out. Here is a helpful website that explains the iconography that Breen uses to help small groups remember this (and other important Biblical concepts): http://www.disciplingculture.com/lifeshapes-an-insiders-look/
Click here to download the chapter from my book on “How to Missionalize Your Small Groups,” from the BOOK ©Whitesel EXCERPT – CURE Get Small Chpt. 3 & 4, Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012.
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