There are many joys to celebrate together in our small groups, but eventually someone in your group will experience a crisis. Its not a matter of if but of when.
Maybe it is losing a job, divorce, depression, illness, a wayward child or even the loss of a loved one, as we’ve seen recently in our church family. We all hope that our groups would respond with love, care, and timely support. But will they?
How will your group respond? How will you be cared for in the midst of an emergency?
When crisis comes we don’t want people to go through it alone. That is one big reason small groups are so vital to our church!
As community develops in our groups, we will see people instinctively caring for one another. And honestly, relationally connected people often care best for one another, right?
It is our job as group leaders to foster a caring culture and do our best to provide care and support for our hurting friends.
Note: It is also important to know when caring for them means pointing them towards professional help if it is over our heads. In these cases, please don’t hesitate to contact our Pastors, restoration group leaders and Stephen Ministers, or reach out to professional counselors if needed.
Realistically our groups are the first responders in crisis, ahead of our staff or various ministries. This is where they really shine!
If you have been on the receiving end of a small group who cared for you well in crisis, it is humbling and overwhelmingly encouraging…a picture of how we all instinctively know the church should be.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
When our groups really live this out, and care for one another with sacrificial selflessness, it strengthens the church as a whole and presents a visual gospel message to our community. It shows a watching world that Jesus is alive and well in His disciples.
May our love for one another make an impact on our church, our community, and our world just like a rock splashing into a lake, and may gospel waves go out in all directions so that His Kingdom would come to Tallahassee as it is in Heaven.
For more info about how to care for people in crisis watch this short video.