Are There Really EGR Group Members?
In our most recent digizine, Troubleshooting, Sam O’Neal wrote an article on his new view of EGR group members. In “The Blessing of Problem People,” Sam shares how he’s changed his mind on this popular acronym. Check out what he says below.
Everybody loves acronyms—from TGIF to LOL to BLT and beyond. In the world of small-group ministry, the most common acronym I’ve come across has to be EGR. As in “extra grace required.”
The idea is that most people within a small group are “normal” and able to function well within the life of the group. But then there are other people—EGR people—who behave abnormally, and are even potentially dangerous to the community. Therefore the group can only function well if the normal folks use a little extra grace in order to tolerate the “problem people.”
I used to be on board with that kind of thinking. I used to laugh whenever I heard someone say, “Every small group has an EGR person—and if you can’t figure out who that person is in your group, it’s probably you!” Har har.
But I have repented of that notion in recent years because of an important realization: every small group in the world is made up entirely of imperfect human beings. We are all sinful. We are all emotional. We are all unpredictable and perplexing and just a bit unstable.
In other words, we are all “problem people.” We all require enormous amounts of grace.
So what do you think? Should we get rid of the term, or does it hold some value?
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