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Don’t Get Left Out

We started sign-ups for small groups this past weekend and had a great first week!  A goal I have as a pastor is to fill our small groups to the brim with people, so that small groups become the primary place people in our church are being discipled. This isn’t just lip service. This is something I fundamentally believe is essential for the health of our church.

You have probably heard people say, “That church is just too big!” I am not sure a church can be too big, but I do believe that if a growing church doesn’t get smaller as it gets larger, discipleship will begin to slow and potentially stop altogether. That’s a scary thought, isn’t it?

I have also heard people say, “I just don’t feel connected at this church.” [WARNING: Harsh, but loving statement coming] The reason you don’t feel connected it is probably two-fold:

1. You aren’t actively participating in a small group, and

2. You aren’t actively using your God – given gifts and talents to advance the church you regularly attend.

This can change. Don’t let the devil steal your opportunities to grow. Make a decision in 2014 to get involved and take responsibility for your discipleship. Join a small group, TODAY!

Simply go to www.elevationSTL.com and get signed up.

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel

P.S. Our new process to serving and leadership in the church called GROWTH TRACK is starting on February 2nd. If you want to get more involved I want to strongly recommend you attend the four classes being offered.

We will offer

Church 1.0 on the first Sunday of the month.

Essentials 2.0 the second Sunday of the month.

Discovery 3.0 the third Sunday of the month.

Dream Team 4.0 the fourth Sunday of the month.

These classes can be taken in whatever order you want; they are immediately after church at Ronnie’s, and lunch is provided.

Sarah’s Story

Sarah-Mc-2Small groups have been a great experience for me, not only to study and grow in my faith but to get to know new people and make friends.

I’m kind of a quiet person so it is hard for me to just walk up to people at church, introduce myself, and start talking.

Small groups give me an opportunity to meet new people in a small setting and provides an environment to develop friendships over many weeks of study.

This past semester I had to move back home to Perryville to complete my field work for school half way through the small group course. The hour and a half drive was too much for a Monday night every week, but the group Skyped me into the meetings. This allowed me to participate in the discussions and still feel like I was a part of the group even though I couldn’t physically be there.

“My heart is comforted because I know that no matter where life takes me, I will always have friends and a community to which I belong”

Being able to still connect with friends and be involved was incredibly special. I struggled with moving back home because I have few friends still living in this area, which made me feel incredibly lonely. However, being able to still connect with the ladies in my small group one night a week made me feel a lot less alone. I always looked forward to being included in both the discussions about our study and the random chit chat that is inevitable when ladies get together.

Small groups have not only provided an opportunity to make new friends but have provided a solid support system on which I can fully rely. My heart is comforted because I know that no matter where life takes me, I will always have friends and a community to which I belong.