Five Fingers, One Hand
Small Group Life at Vineyard Columbus, like the five fingers of a hand, is a unified whole that consists of five intimately connected parts. Co-ed, Men’s, Women’s, Joshua House, and Support & Recovery groups make up a single community of groups and leaders who together play a central role in fulfilling the Vineyard Columbus mission of developing “a community of passionate, mature, reproducing, Christ-centered disciples . . .who transform the world by love and good deeds for the glory of God.” As small group leaders at Vineyard Columbus, we have the privilege of not only leading our own groups and being part of the leadership community in our own area of Small Group Life, but also of serving the Lord together as part of the larger community of leaders and groups the Lord is building in our midst. One of the greatest joys and privileges of my work as a small groups pastor is to, along with all of you, be a part of this larger community of leaders and groups, and of the pastoral community who oversees it, the Small Group Pastoral Team.
Though we all spend most of our leadership and community time within our own groups and small group leadership communities, it is good to take time to consider the many leaders and groups very different from ourselves and our own groups who every day of every week are meeting all around central Ohio to share in the same calling from Jesus to be and to make disciples. No matter what kind of group we are part of, there are others gathering too – Joshua House men’s groups, grief support groups, co-ed family-friendly groups, Beth Moore women’s groups, intercessory prayer groups, Midpoint table groups – all of centered on Christ and in intentional ways building community, letting Jesus change us, and serving the world.
This summer, as we turn the corner together into a season of adjusted, and for many of us, slower rhythms, be sure to pause and remember the larger small group community we are all privileged to be part of, and take some time to thank God and pray for leaders and groups very different from, yet in the end very much the same as you and yours. Five fingers, one hand.