Has it happened yet? If it hasn’t, it’s just a matter of time. Most likely, it will happen before you see it coming.
What am I talking about? I’m talking about ways the culture shift impacts grouplife.
4 ways the culture shift impacts grouplife:
- Biblical illiteracy is on the rise. Yes, most Americans still have more than one Bible in their homes. They simply don’t read or understand their Bible. At a minimum, this immediately affects both the selection of studies you offer and the way you must train and resource group leaders. If you haven’t already begun to shift your strategy, you are behind.
- A Christian worldview cannot be assumed. This is not just about the arrival and growing influence of other world religions. It actually has just as much to do with the decades long trend to simply include popular wisdom and practices of celebrities (think Oprah), politicians, philosophers, and social activists. Syncretism is “the combination of different forms of belief or practice.” If you haven’t already adjusted your leader training to anticipate this you are behind.
- Moral ambiguity is pervasive. Remember when that was only done in secret? Remember when that could only be said in an R rated movie? Or when everyone knew you just didn’t do that? This challenge is not reserved for those who haven’t joined a small group. If you haven’t begun to help group leaders learn to help members set appropriate guardrails, you are behind.
- Marital status debates, sexual preferences and gender issues are not just in the news. These issues are also not reserved for those outside of the church. If you haven’t already felt the impact in your small group ministry, it is moments away. If you’re not already equipping your group leaders and coaches you are behind.
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