It has been a pleasure to work the past few years with Eric Geiger, who leads the LifeWay Christian Resources team. He and Ed Stetzer have written a new book called Transformational Groups, which is based on one of the largest research projects on groups in North America.
- You just wrote Transformational Groups with Ed Stetzer. What do you and Ed Stetzer hope to accomplish with book?
We want to see churches understand the importance of groups and for those groups to be grounded in the Word and committed to discipleship.
- What do you define as a “small group” or other such group in the local church?
Answer: A group of people that gather consistently to encourage one another in the faith, who are in partnership/community together.
- What is your personal experience with church groups? Positives? Negatives?
Groups have been an integral part of my spiritual maturation over the last decade. When we lived and served in Miami, my wife and I were in a young couple’s small group. These great folks walked with us through some discouraging and trying times, encouraged us, and provided community for us. We grew together. We saw the Lord transform folks in our group. We saw Him raise up leaders who are now investing in others. Community rooted in the gospel is a beautiful thing. We have launched a small group in Nashville and have enjoyed seeing what the Lord does to and through us, and others, when we are in community together.
- While you were researching and writing Transformational Groups, what is one statistic or other piece of data that surprised you?
It was not surprising that groups matter, but the statistical significance of groups was overwhelming. From a research lens, people in small groups pray and confess their sins more regularly, share the gospel more confidently, give more generously, and serve more sacrificially than those not in a small group.