The Connections staff recently had the opportunity to ask Daryl Starr some questions pertaining to the small group ministry at KSBC. Here's what Daryl had to say:
Connections: What is your role in relationship to the small group ministry at KSBC?
Daryl: I volunteered to serve as a coordinator of sorts of the small group ministry. It’s an administrative assistant type of role where I help people find homes in small groups at our church, as well as help groups grow and mature.
Connections: How do you think small group ministry contributes to the building up of the body of Christ?
Daryl: Life on life experience is critical to spiritual growth. Most teaching environments are mostly one way and not at a greatly intimate level. They are certainly necessary, but small groups enable individuals to connect with each other to ask questions, discuss and hold each other accountable in ways that a classroom style setting cannot realistically accomplish. Ultimately, these relationships grow and exemplify Christ's love for us as we love one another within his church.
Connections: What are some of the most encouraging things you're hearing or seeing from the various groups?
Daryl: I hear awesome stories about groups and individuals stepping up and taking action after conversations at their small groups… me taking on this role was one of those examples! I know of groups sending care packages to missionaries, donating funds as a group, or serving the elderly on a regular basis. Other individuals have praised their group to me, but in a confidential way, saying they have been encouraged through these friendships to persist through challenging situations. God is alive and well in our small groups and that is super encouraging for my own walk.
Connections: If you could exhort every small group member with one piece of advice, what would you tell them?
Daryl: I would have to encourage people to be more honest. Get in a group, make sure you have confidentiality and get committed. If you do that, this should be a safe environment to ask tough questions and share what is really on your heart. If you do that, God will move in the lives of the people He has surrounded you with. Your life will change and He will be glorified. Of course, I’m still learning this myself, but it’s what I tell myself! Thanks to our Small Group Leaders for years of love! Oh, and one more thing…ask me about becoming a co-leader!