Some churches focus on evangelism at the expense of discipleship by seeking to win converts instead of making disciples.
We need people in our lives to journey with us in order that we may “watch over one another in love” between our Sundays and other times of worship.
John Wesley often said that he instituted bands among the people called Methodist in order to create a setting where James 5:16 could be practiced and lived out.
Could it be that the problem facing the church is much larger and more significant than has typically been realized? Maybe the simplest way to put it is that we are all addicts.
The band meeting was a form of discipleship that helped small groups of men and women practice intense vulnerability and confession of sin together. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video by Dr. Scott Kisker as he traces the history of this powerful spiritual discipline.
Fully known. Fully loved. This is what is already ours in Christ, and what we can experience in transformative small groups called band meetings.