I’m a “Groupie” and I’m proud of it! Small groups are where life happens. Think about it! From the moment you enter this world, you become part of a group … a family! Perhaps you are the blessed one who was born into the stereotypical “mom and dad with beautiful children” family. In the not so typical foster care system, you may have many siblings that change from time to time. It is still a group … a family. Growing up, you enter classrooms … many different groups with different people, focuses and chemistries. We join scouting groups, youth clubs, sports teams and mission groups. After beginning your career, you have certifications, accolades, professional organizations and licensing groups providing credentials that make you a better and more successful businessperson. Groups build us up, teach us and prepare us for life.
There are music groups, Facebook groups, church groups, bridge clubs, ethnic clubs, collectors clubs … groups for everything. However, recovery small groups for addicts, codependents and hurting people are so important because they truly save lives. Why are they so important? First, small groups are Biblical. Genesis 2:18 states, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Life is meant to be done together. Second, small groups build community. People get close enough to each other to care, challenge, encourage and confide in one another, and this allows for maximum personal growth, which does not happen in isolation. Finally, small groups provide accountability. The chemistry in a small group that is non-judgmental and safe provides for an open, honest and intimate experience. Holding a member accountable for their behaviors can often prevent an excursion down a dangerous path.
Faith Farm Ministries is structured around this small group accountability, education and spiritual foundation. Morning classes, work projects and dwelling accommodations are all a type of small group. Our students attend Celebrate Recovery small groups as well. For 65 years, Faith Farm has provided a free, drug and alcohol, addiction recovery program for men and women. Our program is now 9 months long and we have 445 beds at three South Florida locations. If all people understood the value of small groups as they live their lives, perhaps Faith Farm would not always have a waiting list of those who are seeking help from their hurts, habits and hang ups.