The Crowd, The Group, The 3, The One

December 13, 2012 — 2 Comments

I was talking to a good friend of mine about small groups. I reading looking at Jesus’ disciples (his small group) and I noticed something about them that is similar to my small group, and maybe yours too.

As a Christian we are to be Christ like. We are to mirror the image of Jesus and the ideas of how he did ministry. Jesus was a fan of small groups because with his small group of 12, it was the back bone of His ministry when he was not physically there anymore. Jesus loved the huge crowds, he hung out in them, preached to them, did miracles in them.

But he spent a majority of the time with his disiciples. A group of 12 men. And even within the group, their was an inner group in which he would focus on. This is the same approach that we can take ourselves when it comes to any small group.

Overall Structure:

The Crowd: Jesus preached to the crowd. Spent some time with them as a whole. This is our youth groups. What ever night you meet would be your crowd. You love them, hang out with them and know them by name. As the leader you need to spend time with them.

The group: This is your group or your leaders small group of students that they spend their time with outside the crowd. This is the Bible study, the group of people they will “do life” with on a weekly basis. It’s not so general but its more specific on their lives and their lives with you in it. Jesus spent a majority of His ministry with his disciples. He knew them. He hung out with them. He had parties with them, laughed with them, ministered to them far beyond what we did with the crowd.

The 3: Jesus had 3 men within the group he spent more time with than the others. Peter, James and John. These are the 3 he took with him on the mountain with Moses and would take to pray off to the side. This doesn’t mean that he loved them more or was playing favorites, he he invested more in these men because they later became huge pillars in starting the Church.

Typically this is the same with our groups. There are students within the small group that come on a regular basis but miss here and there because of business or sports. But there are always a few that do not miss at all, who are there every single week, who ask you to hang out outside of group and you do. Those students you invest into because you simply get more time with them and you get to dig deeper into their lives.

The One: John was the Beloved Disciple/ He seemed to have this special relationship with Jesus that just clicked. He was the one that God revealed to him about Revelation and whom Jesus loved. There is that one student who you see that if you were to specifically and intentionally hang out with, they would be your one because you see the potential that they have in Christ. They tend to be your helper, the one who you might ask to help you out in ministry more outside of group. It’s the one that maybe take in your own footsteps.

Just some thoughts. What do you think?


2 responses to The Crowd, The Group, The 3, The One


    Overall I really like this, and always advocate looking to Christ for ministry guidance. A few things I’d just raise up – a youth worker will never be Jesus in so many ways but one of them is that we can’t see the future – Christ could. Christ knew what each disciple needed to be an effective apostle after his death, where we must be careful is that this philosophy could easy be perceived as favoritism amongst the group, parents, and other church leaders. It’s also easy to get trapped in looking towards our “go to” students at the expense of other students who may need that extra encouragement and gentle pushing to step up. Finally I’d say there was a significant portion of Christ’s time that was not lifted up in this post, his often one on one time and quality with the sinners, the broken, the poor, the wretched, the cast out. Jesus spent a great portion of time with these people, in his words, the healthy don’t have need for a doctor. So I think it’s also important that we look to our groups to see those that are lonely, isolated and on the outskirts of the group and of society. Just my additional two cents.


      Thanks for reading Josh! I think you’re right on with everything you said. This post is looking strictly at small groups and just a thought I had. Jesus does way more with sinners and outcasts than this post looks at for sure, but I’m just looking at it from a small group perspective and seeing how He delt with his disciples specifically. So that’s that. Thanks for reading and for your input!

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