There are many names for small groups: accountability groups, discipleship groups, class meetings. But what they all have in common is the desire to grow wholly and spiritually within the church and within ourselves. We all know that we are not perfect; we come to these small groups to learn, to grow and to help us walk the path of righteousness, not only despite our faults, but because of them. This is something that John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, understood.
There is incredible history in the strength and accountability of Weslyan Class Meetings. They are built to help Methodists not only understand themselves, but also one another. They help to reach out to those in need, to lift up those that are struggling and to give a platform for those that would use it.
Small Groups help “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Which is the very foundation of the Methodist denomination. And that “Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.”
It is through Small Groups such as Men’s Club, United Methodist Women, the Book Club, the Knitting Circle and more – all of these serve as a model of John Wesley’s original goal, which was to create weekly Class Meetings that had a singular purpose: for each person to answer this question, “How is it with your soul?”
To learn more about the history of Weslyan Class Meetings, there is a wealth of knowledge here at UMC.org on the Small Group Models and how they apply to our world today. If you’d like to discuss more about the small groups available at Saint Mark United Methodist, please reach out to one of our pastors or to Secretary Ruth Miller here.