Small Groups and Methodism
In the early formation of the Methodist church by John and Charles Wesley, they put a huge emphasis on the importance of small groups, which they called “Class Meetings.” John Wesley’s Class Meetings were made up of 12 people who lived in the same community who would read scripture together, uplift each other in prayer, take up donations for each other, and would meet each week to answer the question, “How is your soul?”
John Wesley valued the spiritual transformation that happened in Class Meetings so deeply, that attending your local Class Meeting was a requirement to be able to attend worship services on Sunday!
At Trietsch, we’ve taken John Wesley’s idea of Class Meetings and created our own groups called “Life Groups.” Although we don’t go as far as Wesley (you are allowed to worship with us without attending a Life Group), we have clearly seen that Life Groups are the best environment for community connection and spiritual transformation.
In our Life Groups, we come together once a week to answer the simple question, “How is your life with God?” There is no homework, scripture reading, or curriculum. The goal is simply to share life together.