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  1. There is certainly a great deal to know about this topic.
    I love all the points you’ve made.

  2. I love small groups. In our church, we call them “caregroups” but they’ve also been called cell groups in other churches. That doesn’t sound so good nowadays and reminds some people of terrorist cells or communist cadre groups. However, the implication is that each cell is part of the body and contains the DNA for the whole, and that’s the best possible outcome for a small group ministry. We tell people that church is not our Sunday meeting, but the people who join in fellowship with one another throughout the week. Small group is a place where you can practice all the “one another”s that they mention in the Bible: encourage one another, forgive one another, submit to one another, etc. 

    Yay for small groups! 

  3. Wonderful post, Rick.  I am a new pastor for a multi-ethnic (English & Spanish speaking) congregation in California.  I want to start a Small Groups ministry.  What resources do you have that can point me in the right direction to get this started?  Thank you!