Pastor John Burke was one of the plenary speakers @ the Willow Creek Small Group Conference a few weeks ago. The title of his message was "Shaped in the Chaos". He was merging ideas from his new book, "No Perfect People Allowed" with thoughts on community and healing through small groups.
Here are a few key thoughts from his message:
A messy group is normal
Your small group has healing potential
God is in the chaos
Humans hate cleaning up messes
Jesus' ministry was messy
Small Groups can offer:
A culture of grace, giving and acceptance
A culture of Acceptance
A culture of Authenticity
One last thought from John Burke, "Come as you are, but don't stay that way!"
What do you think? Have you read this book? Are your groups safe places for messy people?