Is your small group failure-friendly?
The first two years of my college experience (before I changed churches to chase a pretty co-ed whom I later married) I was involved in the University Ministry at First Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas. I was part of a student leadership team there, and I remember one of our meetings in which the University Pastor told us, "This is a failure-friendly environment."
I remember thinking what a bad idea that was. I thought, "Isn't that just inviting us to mess up? Shouldn't he set expectations high rather than giving us an excuse not to do our best?" Secretly, I questioned his leadership.
But as I've gotten older — and, frankly, as I have become more acquainted with failure — I see the wisdom in that pastor's message. The context there was one of risk. We were starting some new ministry initiatives. He was handing off more of the ministry's leadership and ownership to students. We were stretching, growing and trying new things. As I look back, I see a good model in that for small groups…