I Don’t Need A Small Group

In 1943 Abraham Maslow created his Theory of Motivation and there explained the Hierarchy of Needs. The skinny on the theory is that we are motivated to action based on five innate needs. Here they are in order:

(for more on this theory read here)

So, as you can see, we all have needs. Some are basic needs like food and water and others more complex like morality and lack of prejudice. But right in the middle of the pyramid is an innate need for Love and Belonging. We need friendship..family..and intimacy.

In many churches today (Eastridge included), there is a strong push for people to get involved in small groups. And most transformational churches have a similar core value ingrained in their organization that may read like this, “we believe life change happens best in the context of a safe small group.”

The church of the 2000s is desperately trying to meet basic needs of all humans and at the same time reaching back to it’s traditional New Testament roots to do so (see Acts 2:42-47 to read about how the early believers met together in the Temple each day and then in homes later in the day.)

Small groups are more than important..they are essential in meeting our very basic human needs..they encourage us to grow..and they help hold us accountable in our relationship with Christ. The Christian faith is not a solo sport..it is meant to be lived out with others.

Associate Pastor Gary Thompson explained why it should be NORMAL for every believer to be involved in group life in this clip from a recent Sunday service at Eastridge.

So what do you think?

Please share a story of how group life has made a difference for you..or helped meet a basic human need..(your turn..go)———

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  • Jimmy Rogers

    I think Small Groups are essential to growth; both spiritual and relational. We’ve been in several Small Groups and they were all positive experiences, though some more positive than others. Commitment is required from all members of the gr…oup for the group to reach its potential and fill the needs of the individuals. I understand that that type of commitment can be intimidating, but I can say that I have experienced more personal growth through seven years of Small Groups than the 22 years of “individualistic Christianity” that preceded them. God’s plans always work better than our own. I’m still learning that pride has no place in that plan. Yada, yada… yada yada.

  • Jennifer Hilland

    Tony and I had a difficult time finding a small group that stayed together. We went joined our first small group through friends, during the 40 days of community campaign. That group, being quite large, broke up after the 40 days ended. We tried to join a new group but it fell apart after the first or second meeting. We went to another small group launch and joined a new group. That lasted a little bit before falling apart as well. At a point of feeling unwanted and giving up we decided to go to one more group launch to try again. One thing I felt held us back was having young children. So I decided to note that we wanted a group with kids our kids age as a requirement for a new group. We finally got a phone call and invited to a group meeting. The ages of the group varied but the youngest child was a good bit older than my kids, a 2 yr old and a 3 month old, but we decided to give it a go.

    My group has split some but the folks we’ve stuck with are like family to us now. Had it not been for that group I would have never stepped foot into CR, or at least not when I did. These friends have changed our lives and I love them dearly! I’m so thankful we were patient and kept moving forward so we’d wind up in the right group at the right time!

    • Jennifer,
      thank you for your persistence..most people would have given up..yet you continued and found exactly what God wanted for you..community..hope..healing..
      thank you for sharing..this is a great story..

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