At Eastgate, one of the fellowship opportunities that we employ is Family Life Groups. One Sunday, every other month (at least), these groups meet after our morning worship assembly to share a meal and to share information.
These groups are also designed for us to get to know each other better...but if we are to truly maximize the effectiveness of these groups, there has to be a change every so often.
The last time the groups were shuffled, my understanding is that groups were formed based on demographics (basically so that people who already knew each other well were in the same group).
For at least the past three years (actually much longer), the only changes to the groups has been adding new members.
Well, it was time for some wholesale changes to be made. So here is what was done:
1. The Family Life Group leaders remained the same, as did the numbers of the groups.
2. Each group was assigned one of our elders.
3. Then each family unit was assigned to one of the three groups.
Both of the last two steps were performed via a “blind draw.” In other words, I printed the names of each family in the congregation and put them in a bowl. Then I drew one name out of the bowl...they were assigned FLG#1; the next name was assigned FLG#2; then next FLG#3. Then we went back to FLG#1, etc.
The hope in shuffling groups this way is that we will fellowship with folks we don’t currently spend a whole lot of time fellowshipping with.
So...what group are you now in? Fair question. However the results of the random draw are currently being reviewed by the “accountable” firm of Kimbrow, Morris, and Sweeney (see Hebrews 13:17).
Once this prestigious firm has given their official certification and okie-dokie the new groups will be posted and lists made available to the congregation.