Flexibility of small groups

February 10, 2003

One big advantage a home group has over a weekly service is flexibility. Looking over the “cafe-style worship” list below, who knows if any of those things will happen in our church? That’s not my place to say. But the only thing precluding any activity in a home group is availability of resources. We can certainly experiment! Heck, mission242 started as a Vineyard home group.

At our last church, I suggested to the pastor that we try Korean-style prayer during one of our prayer meetings—that’s where everyone prays their own thing out loud, simultaneously. The pastor was not open to the idea …but our home group (we were not the leaders) was willing to give it a go! This same home group also sent a group of women (led by Kay) to Japan, and they were able to visit all the Vineyard churches and do some training in prayer ministry. So never underestimate the power of a small group!

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.