My husband and I don't attend a large church. In fact, when he and his family of 10 started attending 4 years ago they nearly doubled the attendance. Since then, however, God has greatly blessed the church. The size has doubled several times since they started attending. Instead of being a church attended by a handful of faithful men and women in their 70s, our church now has all ages represented--from newborn to great grandparents.
For some time now my husband has dreamed of starting a method of more intimate accountability for the members in the form of home groups. We have wonderful services on Sunday, and more Bible Study and prayer on Wednesday, but there is no forum for a small group of believers to meet together and share the struggles they are facing and the triumphs God has given. There has been little accountability among us. He believed that the church could only benefit from small community groups meeting each week to encourage each other, pray for each other, and study the Bible together.
The past few months that dream has had to be put on the back burner. There was the honeymoon month followed closely by the holidays. But yesterday evening, with the holidays behind us, his dream became a reality when we met with a small local group of church members.
Up to last night I was not excited about the idea of a homegroup. I was very supportive of it because it was my husband's dream. It was good and noble and I was determined to help in any way I could. But it was my husband's dream, not mine.
Then, last night, I caught the vision.
And I'm excited.
The meeting was open, intimate, honest and personal. A safe place to share struggles and find support and encouragement. It felt like a cool refreshing drink, quenching a thirst I didn't know I had. Since then my mind has been full of possibilities and questions. Questions such as:
What if, as my husbands dream, groups like this were started all over the church?
What if everyone had a place where they could find support and encouragement in their daily struggle toward Godliness?
What if each of us were praying for each other, personally, in the areas of greatest struggle every day?
What if we were encouraging each other to get out of our comfort zones--to go places in our walk with God we'd never considered before?
Yeah, this could be a powerful thing. And I can't wait to see how God will use it.