Ten Ways Small Groups Can Save You

Outreach Magazine (outreachmagazine.com)

CaptureMy Featured Blogger this week is Colleen Scheid. Full disclosure: Colleen is a long-time personal friend; we live just minutes away from each other and have been members of the same writers group for years. But featuring her here is no favor (except, possibly, a favor to me). Colleen is one of the most gifted and godly people I know. As the saying goes, she walks the talk. Which is saying a lot, because she “talks” (writes) both wisely and beautifully. Read on and you’ll see!

Colleen Scheid

Churches are always trying to get people to join groups of eight to twelve people who meet regularly.

They call them ‘small groups’ or ‘growth groups’ or ‘house groups’. One church called them ‘lambs groups’, which I get the biblical symbolism of, but I can’t imagine guys who ride motorcycles or pump iron joining a ‘lambs group’. I would steer away from that one.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Church leaders know that if people just show up to services, or even volunteer, but don’t belong to a smaller friend group, they may not stick with their faith. These groups meet a number of needs – people get to know each other and develop friendships. They learn more about the Bible. They learn how to pray for each other, then seeing the prayers get answered draws them closer to God. They live out what they believe in good…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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10 Responses to Ten Ways Small Groups Can Save You

  1. Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Mitch. I just read through several of Colleen’s posts and I love the way she writes. I’m a new follower.

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  3. Ana Daksina says:

    Wait. Ten ways? Is this a trick title to see if we’re paying attention?? ,🤨🤔🧐

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  4. Thotaramani says:

    👍🏻 Beauty with brain God has gifted Colleen. Best wishes to her.

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  5. How true. How lovely to have been in a creative group for so long. Lovely share.

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  6. sanchiamiller says:

    Hi Mitch, I am a new follower. Your short stories are so powerful! I have had the opportunity to join a small group when I was in Canada a few years ago, the best thing ever! I love the discussions and hearing all the different perspectives on a topic. I also love the friendships that I developed.


  7. S.Leah.R says:

    Small group are so important in every believer’s life. I’ve noticed they’re even more beneficial than a Sunday church service where more often you don’t really have an opportunity to get to know anyone. There’s just brief moments to greet each other and that’s about it. No wonder people can be attending a church for 20 years and not know others who’ve been there just as long. Small group brings believers together.


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