Part 1 – Why
The purpose of this series is to equip and inform any small group leader with the basic plan needed to launch/plant a new small group from his/her current small group. The section below discusses the “Why?” behind planting a small group at your church, and the next installments will discuss at length the how and practical details it takes to successfully multiply a small group: Pray and Cast Vision, Identify and Develop an apprentice, Recruit and Form the Core Team, Sending and Launching the small group.
At Restoration Church, we are a church that exists for the glory of God and the good of our city and world. We believe that everything we do should be for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). We want His glory to be known and enjoyed in everything and by all people. The BEST way to exist for glory of God and the good of our city and world is to be a thriving church that makes disciples for the glory of God! We are His ambassadors to our city and world (2 Cor. 5:20, Acts 1:8). We want to be a local church that is made up of people that live lives that exist for the glory of God and the good of our city and world. As ambassadors of Christ, we want to see people demonstrating and proclaiming the love of God to their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Our aim is God’s glory. Our goal is for our small groups to help create an unceasing opportunity for more people to encounter the gospel of Jesus Christ as they grow as disciples and make disciples. We believe this is evident in the early church (Acts 2:42-47) and most healthy churches today. We hope this will be true for Restoration Church as well.
Christ’s command to “make disciples” is at the center of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). At Restoration Church, we believe that every disciple is a disciple maker. This means disciple making is foundational for every member at our church.
As a leader of small group ministry, my hope and prayer each and every year is that each small group will:
- witness at least one person come to know Christ this year.
- plant one new small group by the end of the year.
I do NOT look at these as ministry goals, however. Rather, these are expressions of Christ’s command to “make disciples.”
The Word of God is clear. The command to make disciples extends to all believers. Everyone in the church is necessary for any disciple to grow to maturity in Christ. Not everyone will play the same role in the disciple-making process, but everyone in church plays a part. This means that you and I do not sit on the sideline when it comes to making disciples. We all play a huge part in the Great Commission.
I am not saying this will be comfortable or easy. However, I do believe that as we pray and see God work in and through us, it will be a joyous experience that we long to experience over and over again. Our relationship with Jesus will rub off on those in our small group and those in the church and community. And by God’s grace, we will begin to see a multiplying of disciples here and to the ends of the earth. As we begin to see disciples made, the natural by-product will be a multiplication of small groups. We will begin to send people out to start new small groups that reach new areas of our neighborhoods and cities. We will begin to see more worshippers of Jesus that love God and love people!