Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D. practiced as a family physician for 12 years before joining CCEF as a counselor and faculty member. Mike holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored the mini-books: Asperger Syndrome; Help for the Caregiver; OCD; and Angry Children, and has just released his first full-length book: CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.
Small groups. Growth groups. Mini-churches. Community groups. Cell groups. Accountability groups. Home groups. Missional communities. Mini-flocks. No matter what you call them, most churches of any size highlight the importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the local church. But how necessary are small groups? What are their purpose(s)? What makes a good group? How does spiritual formation happen in the context of a small group?
Christians believe in the Trinity. God is Three and One. One God, Three Persons. But how many move beyond the mystery to the practical, life-changing relevance of an interpersonal God who created us to be in relationship with him and one another?