I’m working on inviting people into discipleship groups based on the Methodist class meeting, although I’m looking for a name other than “class meeting.”
Here’s a reading of the “rules” of the meeting that would be included in every meeting — after prayer and a scripture reading.
The only condition of entry into these meetings is a desire to become a true follower of Jesus Christ.
We come together to watch over one another in love and to encourage each other in spiritual growth.
We are not here to judge each other, but should come ready to open our hearts.
We are not here to make small talk or gossip or do any business other than tending to the growth of our souls.
We are relying on and expecting the Holy Spirit to touch our hearts and strengthen us.
We are joined in this moment in a sacred trust. All that is said and shared here is to remain here and with God. We will not talk about what we hear in this place with anyone else.
As this fellowship depends upon the participation of each member, we come ready to answer the question: “How is your life with God?”