The only thing funnier than thinking small groups are a new trend is thinking they’re a fad that’s passed its prime. The fact is, small groups are at least as old as the church. Jesus spent most of his ministry moving around with his band of twelve disciples. Other times he was in an even smaller group of four. Before the early church developed its edifice complex and started assembling in halls, Christians gathered in small groups to eat and worship in houses (Acts 2:46).
In fact, throughout the history of our species, most of human life has been spent in small groups: family, tribe, band of brothers. It’s a part of being human.
In a sense, it’s also a part of being God. Before anything else was, God existed as Father, Son, and Spirit. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” God said. And it wasn’t long before human beings were gathering into small groups, too.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley