“Biblical groups practice biblical community.”
A community is a group of people with a common cause, common values, common language, and common vision and purpose. A small group should conclude that her common cause is the gospel, her common values are found in Scripture, her common language is the language of the Word of God, and her common vision is to share Christ with the community where the group meets. When a group does this, she is a biblical community.
Rick Howerton is the Small Groups and Discipleship Specialist at Lifeway Christian Resources. He has authored many small group studies, is a highly sought-after trainer and speaker, and is the author of Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual as well as A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic. He is also the co-author of Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making and Countdown: Launching and Leading Transformational Groups. But Rick’s deepest passion and his goal in life is to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.”