Pastor John peered through his reading glasses on the end of his nose, scanning the page of notes in front of him for what was next on the meeting agenda.
“The next order of business is…let’s see…home group. If you are willing to host a home group this quarter, please raise your hand and tell us a little about what your group will be doing.”
Pastor John’s eyes scanned over the small meeting room filled with twenty or so members of the church planning team.
After a brief pause, Dan’s eyes met the pastor’s.
“Ok, Cindy and I will take a group.”
Dan took a quick glace at his wife for the head nod of approval.
“Our house, Sunday nights, 6:00pm, we will study the book of Matthew for the first quarter. I am pretty sure the Johnsons and the Emersions will be there, they live right up the road from us. There may be a few more from church too, I’ll make some calls tonight.”
Dan and Cindy hosted a home group dozens times before, so they knew the drill.
“Thank you Dan, anyone else?”
Pastor John continued to scan the room.
“Yea, we can take one too. Todd briefly looked up from his notes to nod at Pastor John.
“Let’s see…we can do Wednesday nights at 7:00pm again, does that sound right Pastor?”
Todd buried himself back in his notebook quickly flipping back to the previous year’s notes to get a reference of the logistics of his home group last year.
“I am thinking we can continue our study of the book of Acts, maybe just pick up where we left off in June. I will call my group from last year and let them know we will be starting up again.”
“That sounds great, thank you Todd. We could use one more group…anyone?”
“I’ll take one.”
All heads turned to the back of room where ‘Big Dave’ (as he was lovingly nicknamed) was sitting. This was a first; ‘Big Dave’ had never volunteered to host a home group before. All eyes were fixed on him with anticipation of what he was going to say next.
“I am going to go out and about looking for some people who need Jesus to come to my home group. I am really hoping for some drunks and maybe even some drug dealers.”
‘Big Dave’ sat back in his chair with his normal posture of his arms folded casually while everyone else looked on waiting for what he would say next.
“Well, isn’t that what a home group is all about? We say we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus so let’s go find those who are really lost…come on, we were all lost once right? I want ALL to come and feel welcome at my home group.”
‘Big Dave’s words had left everyone speechless. No one knew what to say but everyone was thinking the same thing. Finally, Dan spoke up.
“Thank you for reminding us why we do home group ‘Big Dave’, I too would like to welcome anyone who needs Jesus into my home.”
Todd looked up from shuffling his notes and as if he had just had a ‘light bulb moment’ he looked over to ‘Big Dave’,
“Me too ‘Big Dave’, me too.”
With a new sense of compassion, Pastor John looked over to ‘Big Dave’ and simply stated:
“…and me too.”
From that day on, home groups were never the same.
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