Friday, January 27, 2017

7 Bad Excuses for Not Joining a Small Group

Our winter trimester small groups are about to begin! Though many people have already registered, there are still some that have not—in fact, there are still some that have never been a part of a small group at CrossPoint! Below are just a few of the excuses people may give for not participating in a small group and what we'd say in response to each:
  1. I don't have time. We all make time for what is important to us. If you're in search of community and meaningful friendships, small groups are important! But it's up to you to make them a priority or not.
  2. I'm not interested in the topics. The topics are almost secondary to the community. While they may not speak to an immediate need in your life, you may be able to share with others, helping them with something you've already dealt with, or learn from others, preparing for what you may have to deal with in the future.
  3. I don't know the Bible well enough. No one does, not even our pastors! Small groups are a place for learning together and asking questions about things we don't know or understand.
  4. I'm not comfortable praying aloud. You don't have to. No one is going to make you do anything you're not comfortable doing.
  5. I don't like to talk about myself. You don't have to. No one is going to make you do anything you're not comfortable doing.
  6. I'm not sure my husband/wife will go with me. That's okay. There will be others in your group whose spouse isn't with them. You may even want to join different groups and that's okay too!
  7. I'm not comfortable around strangers. If you show up every time your small group meets, they won't be strangers very long—they'll be your friends!
Don't make excuses this time around. Register for a small group this Sunday!

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