How Small Groups Work

Yesterday, Ruben Garcia, a man in our PromiseGroup, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the pituitary gland.  I went and visited him in the hospital and he was having severe headaches.  Last night was our scheduled PromiseGroup meeting.  The night that our small group gathers for hanging out and Biblical discussion.  However, when someone in the group is going through a very difficult situation, you throw the original plan out the window and respond as a family.

Small Groups are not a Bible Study.  They are sets of relationships; therefore, when you have a need in the group and you respond to it by not following the plan of a Bible Study/discussion, you are not ruining the group.  You are actually following the real plan.  The real plan is to be a family.  Families respond in time of crisis.  They stick together.  Last night, it took a few moments for that to sink in, but we realized soon, that the issue at hand was much more important that discussing the sermon from Sunday.  In fact, we had an opportunity to live a sermon instead of talk about one.  So, we planned meals and thought about ways to serve our family member.  How could we provide for financial concerns they have?  How can we take care of their kids while treatment is being done, how can we feed them and give them rest?

We have planned out meals for the next few days and we are helping in other ways.  We are the first responders as his ‘family’.  Being in a small group is so awesome.

When in doubt…serve someone.



About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at

Posted on November 12, 2009, in Church Business, My Family. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Pastor, what hospital is he in? I would like to go pray with him.

  2. Ruben got out of CTMC on Friday afternoon and he is doing much better. He is making an appointment with a surgeon on Monday. Thanks for your continued prayers for Ruben and his family.

  3. We are praying for him. Let us know how we can help in the future. It hurts when our family hurts.

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