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Do you truly care what happens to people in your Life Groups?

There are some things that cannot be taught but have to be caught.  This is speaking of how leaders cannot force you to do something, instead there has to be personal motivation.

When you hear from your leaders and others about contacting the absentees on your roll, what are they trying to teach you?  They are trying to teach you how to care for one another.  As a person that has free will you can take two paths with the choice to care for people in your groups, either do it or don't do it.

What does a group look like that doesn't care for one another?

Let me give you some characteristics:

1. Their only contact with one another is on Sunday mornings in the room.
2. They have to be asked to make contacts with absentees and new members.
3. They believe that the staff is the primary care-givers of the church.
4. They get caught up in the preferences in church instead of the ministry of the church.
5. They have not added anyone new to their group in a long time.

These may sound condemning but I believe they are realities of what is happening in most of our Sunday school groups today across America.  There is no genuine care happening for one another and thus we see people drifting away from one place to the next.  They lose sight of what Life Groups and ministry are to be about and it hurts the survival of the group overall.

A group though that cares for one another has the exact opposite qualities of the groups mentioned above.

A group that has care has the following characteristics:

1. They are involved in each other's lives.  Our culture today is all about isolation and leave me alone.  A Life Group that cares though is going to find ways to be involved in each other's lives to the point that they are accountable with one another when they are not there.

2. They are consistently making contacts and even have a record of it.  I love the groups that when I ask them who they contacted that week, they can tell me the who, what, when, where, and how.  They are talking to one another and know what is happening in each other's lives.  They also get concerned when they don't know what is happening in each others' lives.

3. They see themselves as the first line of connection for ministry.  When a death occurs, its the Life Group leader that hears it first.  Then it gets passed on to the staff of the church.  They want the people that they have ministered along with to do their job of ministry in their group.

4. The way they minister to one another speaks volumes to the church membership and to new guests.  Do you know why the majority of people are looking for new church homes?  They want to be cared for.  So how your group cares for one another speaks to how people will share about the group.  Could you say of your group right now: yes we are involved in each other's lives, we talk to each other on a regular basis, we share our joys and our pain; we build each other up?  Or would you just be able to say: we have a great time when we get together on Sunday mornings?  Sounds different doesn't it.

The reality is that we need Life Groups (Sunday school classes) to be the leaders of care in the church!  Let's set the tone for how this looks in our church!


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