I was reading the Alan Hirsch interview on “Small Groups and the Mission of God” in Christianity Today and particularly liked the community rule he outlined for small groups.
What we’ve done to make sure that discipleship is taken seriously is embed within the covenant of each group a certain set of practices. The problem with most communities of faith is that they are confessional. They believe in the Great Commission, they believe in discipleship—they’re saying the right things. But they don’t address behavior.
So what we did is develop a set of practices designed to produce embodied values in the lives of our group members. And we called those practices TEMPT—Together we follow, Engagement with Scripture, Mission, Passion for Jesus, and Transformation. How each unit or group engaged in these practices was entirely up to them, but it had to be observable that they were practicing them.
I was wondering what others find helpful for raising the bar of discipleship in small groups?