When we start a new group, it should be started with ministry in mind. Ministry through groups is done through two channels. First, it is done through an inward ministry which gives the group identity. Through care groups or teams, we know the needs of our group and minister to them as opportunities arise. Everyone has needs. Sometimes those needs are small, and other times they can be overwhelming. When needs are met, it helps members of a new group to have a sense of belonging with a group of people who love and care about them in the body of Christ.
Secondly, we minister through our groups by serving those on the outside. This is done through mission projects which the group needs to do together. This is more than just taking up an offering in our class for a need. Serving others and sharing the love of Christ with others has a significant impact on the health of a group. Groups who only seek to meet the needs of their own
tend to become inward focused and closed to others coming in. It is vital that we reach out to others with the gospel and share the love of Christ. Keeping a Kingdom mindset by ministering to others keeps us Kingdom focused and allows us to stay on task concerning the purpose of our groups.
Consider these as potential places of ministry service through your group.
Bible Study Teacher
Bible Study Apprentice
Care Group Leader