Small Groups: Something for Everyone?

In a small group setting, what’s the perfect balance between fun and spiritual? In our young adults group at church, this is a struggle we’ve had since the inception of the group. The problem, as I see it, is one person’s spiritual, may not be another’s.  And to further complicate things, in any given group one person may be seeking something solely spiritual and another may be seeking something solely fun.  I realize it’s hard to be all things to all people, but there has to be a balance somewhere. So, where is it?  Outline it for me.  Please.
One thing our group has yet to try is offering multiple small groups.  I’m not sure how I like the idea, but maybe the solution is to create a Bible study small group in addition to the normal fellowship focused small group.  I’m not sure how that would work, since it would require people to give up another evening of their already full weeks; but, perhaps this is the best way to go.  I suspect that the interested parties would make the time.  The trouble is who has the time to prepare the study?  It would probably have to be a shared effort to ensure success and the avoidance of burnout.
Obviously I’ve thought about this a little.  It’s been a theme that has resurfaced again and again in my involvement with our young adults group. I just have yet to come up with a solution that I’m satisfied with enough to share with the rest of the group.  If you have any thoughts, I’d be curious to hear them. This is something that has been weighing on my heart for a while.
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3 thoughts on “Small Groups: Something for Everyone?

  1. Try doing a service project. Even if it’s not play time, they will still have fun doing it together, and get something spiritual out of it.

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  2. The way our church does it is to train lay leaders to lead small groups. Then, they start their own small groups on whatever subject they want to talk about. They are under “coaches” who are more experienced lay leaders, who are under someone on the pastoral staff, so they have accountability and encouragement. Each group meeting, they have to have someone share a testimony, pray together and/or read the Bible. If they do that, they are officially recognized as a small group. Not sure how all that applies to your church, but maybe you could use some of those concepts in a creative way to help solve the problem?

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  3. Thanks for the tips. Sara, I like your description of a small group meeting. Perhaps I’m making it too difficult. We don’t have the ministerial oversight that you guys do, which makes things a little tougher but not impossible.

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