does small group have to have a purpose
Our small group that meets every Wednesday consists of seven married couples. One has been married 20+ years, then a 10+ year couple, two 4-5 year couples, and three that just got married last year (including us). It's a great mixture, and I love seeing them each week.
We have been watching a video series called Convergence by Donald Miller. In one video, Miller interviews theologian Dr. Dan Allendar, who says that each church small group must have more of a purpose than the "bonding" and "fellowship" aspect. When the video turned off, we are sat there silently and tried to think about what he meant. What could be our other purpose than a social hour, a Biblical or marriage based discussion, and then prayer time? Dr. Allendar suggests that every group (and person) needs to find something they hate, and the hatred of that needs to become their passion. For example, if you hate sexual slavery, then you could create a group that gives support to those coming out of it. It was very interesting to think about, because I had just been thinking of our small group as a way to learn from other married couples on living a Godly marriage.
Is anyone in a small group that has another purpose besides fellowship? I would love to hear about it.