“How is it with your soul?”

We actually have a pretty good group already…. but this is interesting nevertheless:

I am increasingly convinced that efforts to find renewal within the Wesleyan tradition are dependent on the denomination’s ability to return to the place where transformation happened in the beginnings of the Wesleyan movement, the class meeting. However, the class meeting has not only been largely abandoned, but the language for giving voice to the state of one’s soul has also largely been lost in many Wesleyan communities. In my experience with United Methodism, for example, many people who are asked the question that was at the heart of the early Methodist class meeting, “How is it with your soul?” are simply unable to give an answer.

via How to Reclaim Wesleyan Class Meetings // Asbury Seedbed.

I think that small group accountability is generally the best method for any group.

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2 Replies to ““How is it with your soul?””

  1. I liked the article. But never once saw the word “accountability”. I’ve heard the word mentioned occasionally in church regarding small groups, and I cringe every time I hear it. The purpose as stated in the article “the goal is to experience further transformation in our lives as people who are trying to become or grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.” Definition of accountability is “responsible; required to account for one’s conduct”. Two different things. Accountability to a small group is like having a priest (group) be the intermediary between you and God. “Small group accountability” sets the “small group” up as superior to the individual, and in a church with all the social interactions common among humans (gossip, backstabbing, superiority of certain people in the social structure) is like big brother watching over you and checking to see that you do not deviate from standards. I prefer “support group”, not “small group accountability”.

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