“The natural inertia of any group is to turn inward.” That statement was made by my friend and Lifeway’s former Director of Sunday School, David Francis. I’ve repeated it numerous times while leading training – with attribution, of course!
As a group leader, I can attest that it is difficult to keep a group’s attention focused outwardly – on people who are spiritually lost, or those who are disconnected from group life. Groups turn inward because they’ve done good things – right things – together: they have prayed together, studied together, served together, and had fun together. It’s natural for a group to turn inward. David was right.
But just because David was right, it doesn’t mean that we can’t do something about it.