In Nov 2010, SGM adopted the mission “Growing Groups that bear Lasting Fruit” with the supporting strategies of Gathering, Nurturing and Flowering. These 3 strategies correspond with Direction 2020 of Growing in Christ, Building Community and Impacting the World. 

      
SGM will focus on our core competency, which is “Building Community”. We hope to build pockets of community in every part of the church. We believe “circles are better than rows” and a small group is an ideal place for spiritual growth. We hope to see every person in a healthy and vibrant small group. How do we do that?

Youths – We hope to work even closer with YM. We thank God for the good working relationship with YM. But we believe we can do more to smoothen the transition of the YSGs to SGM. YM has also requested SGM to send our members to either serve as adult leaders for Sec 1 to Sec 4 groups or as mentors to the older peer leaders. These adult leaders can handhold the YSGs when they eventually transit to SGM.

BMC Group Formation – We want to encourage our SGs to send their members to serve as BMC group facilitators. The intention is to encourage the formation of new small groups. The facilitators’ job do not stop at the end of the BMC class as the facilitators are encouraged to handhold the new groups for 3 to 6 months until they stabilize. This is also a great Flowering opportunity for our groups.

Mandarin Ministry – We thank God that MM has been growing and many new groups have formed, especially since the A2C campaign and Alpha Course. We hope to partner with MM even closer to house these MM groups in a MM zone where SGM provides support and training for the leaders. We envisage a day when SGM, with MM’s help, will be able to provide training courses and material in Mandarin.

Campaign and Alpha – We want to continue to encourage our SGs to send their members to serve as campaign group and Alpha group facilitators. Again, the facilitators’ job do not stop at the end of the campaign or course as the facilitators are encouraged to handhold the new groups for 3 to 6 months until they stabilize. We also want to encourage SGs to continue to host Alpha as a means for evangelism and welcoming more people to be part of a SG.

Sermon Series – Many of our SGs have participated in the sermon series on Nehemiah and Esther and have grown spiritually through the experiences. We want to encourage our SGs to encourage their non-SG friends to join their SGs during these series to study the bible together and experience community life.                            

Special Needs – Biblical justice means more than the punishment of wrongdoing. It is giving people what they are due, whether punishment, protection or care. To do justice is to love and defend those with the least economic and social power. Families with special needs children need our love and support even more. We should not turn them away by our actions, or even inaction. Instead, we should reach out and welcome them to our church and our SGs. To do this, we need to educate and equip our SGs, so that we can integrate and assimilate these families into our communities. For a start, we can provide bible study courses to help our SGs discover God’s heart for people with disabilities. We can encourage our SGs to invite these families into their community. SGM will work with the Inclusion Committee to guide us in this area.

 

Alex Lai
Chairperson
Small Group Ministry