Building Community in a Small Group with Ed Stetzer and Matt Carter

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Have you ever felt like you wanted your group to build community together, but you were holding them back because you didn't quite know what to do? Watch this funny video of someone who can relate to the feeling of not being an expert.



Wow - that was pretty funny. Isn't it true though that you don't have to be an expert to help someone out. Just like you don't need to be a theologian to share your faith or a geologist to pick the right rock to throw...you don't need to be an expert in relationships to build community.

Sometimes it can feel safer to claim we are not experts and simply not get involved. I think many of us carry a dangerous thought deep inside our souls - the thought that safety and comfort is something to long for. Don't get me wrong, safety and comfort feel great, but the pursuit of these things will take away our mission. This training is focused on helping you as a leader understand how to build true community in your group. True community is not about safety and comfort, but rather about discovering the mission God has you on. 

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Check out this 2 minute clip from Ed Stetzer. Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research and Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. I like how he explains the value of community and how it is best expressed in a group setting.


We live in a society that pushes us toward individualism. It is imperative for us as leaders to understand that our people are constantly being told that they can do it on their own. How can you inspire community in your group? What are some specific things you have done that have worked?
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Did you catch what Ed was saying at the end? He said that living in community actually helps you to live out the Biblical commands to go. Do you believe that? In what ways can developing community help your group to serve together?
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Matt Carter is the Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. The Austin Stone is known for the impact they are making in Austin and around the world. The entire church is based on the principle that you must be on Mission to build community.


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Matt said that they learned this principle at the Austin Stone: When you aim for community you almost never get community and you certainly don’t get mission. When you aim for mission you get mission and almost always get community. Does this statement resonate with you? In what ways is your group aiming for mission?
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This group found a great way to serve together by serving the community at the local Laundromat.



My prayer for you is that God would continue to develop you into a Christ like leader... and that He would help you to stay on mission. I know people want community, but their view of it can be flawed by culture. It's your job to help them gain Biblical community and the key is to get them on mission together. 

Take some time to pray for your groups members. Pray that they would gain a Biblical understanding of community. Pray that they would desire to be on mission.


For more RightNow Media training posts, teaching videos with Ed Stetzer, click here, or Matt Carter, click here.