In a Pit group

We’re just finished up our fourth week of a small group study of Mark Batterson’s, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and I gotta tell you that this group has become something that I truly look forward to every week.  This is actually the third small group we’ve hosted and/or led at our house over the last 12 months.

When we first started leading a small group, we wanted to target a young single adult crowd.  But instead we’ve brought together, a group of young singles and married couples as well.  I absolutely cannot wait for Thursday nights to roll around each week.  We started out with about 22 people, but on any given week we miss about 3 or 4, still leaving us with a good sized group.  We intended to offer light refreshments, but the ladies of the group decided to share food responsibilities each week, and most weeks we’ve had full on meals.  One other major plus this go around is that I’m not leading this one by myself.  My buddy Chad, is co-leading the group as well, and although he thought he was getting into a young adult group, he even said that he really likes our group.

As the group left this week, I saw first hand how cool it is to be part of a group like this.  There’s a bond growing here between all of us that just feels so comfortable, so godly.  Part of my responsibilities at our church is to encourage people to be in a small group.  And at first it was so people would participate in a group.  But after the last few times of being part of a small group I’ve found myself feeling sorry for people who don’t have a place like our group, a place to connect with other people, a safe place, a group of people who care for you.

Do you have that small group environment where you can connect with other people on a more intimate level?


1 Response to “In a Pit group”

  1. February 16, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Hey Shannon, that’s great that you are having such a wonderful small group experience. I work with the Threads team, LifeWay’s young adult ministry initiative. Mark Batterson actually partnered with Threads to write his Bible study based on In a Pit called Chase the Lion. Have you read his new book Wild Goose Chase? He is working on the Threads Bible study right now, which will release in May, called Chase the Goose. We are so excited about the project. Threads is all about community so, we would love for you to stop by at threadsmedia.com and tell us about your small group and experiences doing young adult ministry. Have a great week!

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