The truth is, I used to not like small groups very much. As a pastor, I realized I should–because everyone told me I should. I just didn’t. I like people. I like Bible study. I like discussing spiritual things. But, there was something about that stew that tasted funny to me. Whenever I tasted the individual ingredients, I liked them. Whenever they were put together, it was — ehh.

Over time, I’ve become a raving fanatic for small groups–which we call Growth Groups at New Vintage Church. If you are a pastor or Christian who feels like, “I’m just not a small groups person,” Here are four things that change my opinion over time. Notice I said, over time. It’s hard to change one’s opinion on this instantly. The only way I know to do so is to be part of a good one.