Working through groups of people
Posted on May 18, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
The latest technology reports are in and purchases of mobile phones and apps are at all-time highs. Apple is the most alluring thing since the Garden of Eden. There’s not a bite out of the side of that logo for nothing.
But the latest relationship reports are also in and countries with the most technology are finding that isolationism is at all-time highs. Cocooning is not the half of it. Those that do emerge find that they no longer fit easily into any single group. Their BFFs aren’t really. Some show up merely because they are societal outcasts, looking for what is offered and hoping it is less painful than what they’ve endured. Social distancing has changed churches’ playing fields.
Believers are getting creative to actually walk among the lost. We look for persons of peace; people-linkers that actually know folks. Forming small groups is not an automatic with those who would prefer talking with their thumbs or showing up for online church cloaked as an avatar. Those that do gather find that they are increasingly involving the disconnected.
Forming small groups across the Cincinnati Area post-Covid just may become non-traditional networks of dissimilar people. Pastors and those working with small groups get excited to see grandmas and punkers and immigrants and jocks interacting side-by-side. Mingling is one thing. Disciple-making is something else.
The late Jim Slack, an IMB missiologist, liked to say, “Worldview resides in the idiom of the heart language.” Making disciples at their heart level by using their language is critical. That doesn’t mean base talk, but relating where they are on their spiritual development level.
Jesus never shirked diversity. Paul urged Ephesians to be alert. Every slice of life is an opportunity to raise up and release believers out into their relational networking as disciple-makers for Christ.
Mark Snowden is the director for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.