Small Groups: Are They Really So New?

From: Volume V, Issue 2: Spring 1985 Pages 43-52


The use of small groups for religious growth-support is not a phenomenon unique to our era. The early Wesleyan class meeting is an example of this type of clustering. This article maintains that the small group encounter of the class meeting was based solidly on theological bedrock. Four eminent truths are highlighted which enable contemporary churchmen to move toward a biblical theology of the small group experience. The organizational format, leadership tasks, and encounter dynamics of the class meeting are examined. Practical applications are high-lighted throughout the article. The article concludes by offering an administrative checklist for balanced growth-support groups in the local church.



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