Why Discipleship Groups?
Small groups… #WhatAreThose
Coming to UNC, I was delighted to find a thriving Methodist campus ministry that I could get involved with. I mean heck, the population of Wesley is about the size of my entire home church, so I was especially delighted to find that there were that many people MY AGE in Wesley alone. For a while, that was enough for me.
I heard about small groups quite a bit my first year, especially around the turn of the semester, but I did not give much heed to joining one. To me, small groups, by such a name at least, was a foreign concept. Others may have been familiar with small groups coming into college; maybe your church had them for instance, but for me, looking back now, my youth group was itself probably what might be called a small group. But without having ever been part of a small group before, I saw no reason why one needed to be part of my life now.
Things began to change the spring semester for my first year. Though I had no intentions to join a small group, I was invited to join one. Considering that it met at late night in Rams and that other’s in the group told me they’d swipe me in, I figured I’d give it a shot (if nothing else, I’d at least get free food after all). But after I started coming, I was hooked. I fell in love with small groups and haven’t turned back.
You see, for me, while I love worship, I also love people and talking, and you can only talk to and connect with people so much during worship. Joining small groups, on the other hand, has given me an opportunity to do just that. Every week when I get to small group, I know there will be people there who are willing to love me and care about what is going on in my life. With that group of people, we get to talk to each other about school, about family, about faith, about our other interests, about God, and about a whole list of other things. In these conversations I can certainly see the mission state of Wesley come to life. In them, I learn more about the love of God and am able to return that love by loving others in the groups and then being energized to leave small group to share that love with others in a way that changes the world.
-Adam Bock, Class of 2016