I came across a ministry this week called 3DM. I won’t get into what they’re all about. You can click on the link and check out their site. There are lots of resources and thought-provoking ideas there. But one of the elements of this ministry that caught my attention was the idea of “missional communities”. As I read about what this means for 3DM, I began to see much of our vision for small groups in what they were saying.
In a post from Monday, this remark was made:
The early church was structured so that people were given access to a household on mission that was still small enough to get close to the fire. Our churches are structured so that only the privileged few really get in on the action.
This is the beauty of Missional Communities.
Everyone has access to the fire of the infectious rhythms of the extended family on mission.
One of the great opportunities presented by small groups is the ability to keep everyone “close to the fire”. Members and guests alike can feel the red hot center of the Spirit-led life, fueling their own fire within. Isn’t that what we want for our groups, our church, and our world?
I would challenge you to spend some time on the 3DM site and related blogs. You won’t agree with everything you find there, but you will find a lot that can greatly impact your group if you take the time to put it into practice.