I don't have a lot to blog about today, but I did want to share a thought I had this morning. You just can't equip and release consumers for the work of their ministry. If a church's small groups or cell groups (or whatever you call yours) aren't filled with kingdom extending productive believers, it's a ministry going nowhere slowly.
You first have to help people confess consumerism as a sin and repent by walking in a completely different, productive way. While this can be done in a new small group experience, if they're not actively pursuing it before they get into a group, they'll settle in and get comfy consuming the wonderful warm feelings they find with intimacy and fellowship.
I'm thinking about this because I'm about to embark on a new project, which is overhauling a workbook my dad wrote twenty plus years ago called "Life Basic Training." It will become an eight-week examination of one's current values as compared to God's values. The goal is to get new members who are not yet in a group (found the church through non-relational means) to come together and experience a life-changing event that brings them up to speed with the healthy groups in existence.
The revised Life Basic Training will be one of those powerful pre-group resources (codenamed "bootcamp") that no one knew they needed until they found it.