“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Jesus – (Matthew 18:20)
It only takes two people to form a circle. Using circles in church can be as simple as talking to the person next to you.
A circle is a two-way interaction. Both parties are given a voice, a value and an impact. God’s people are empowered to connect, learn and grow together. Adults are encouraged to be active learners, not passive listeners. The leader stops performing and starts facilitating. The congregation stop being a critical audience and become a connected community.
Church in a circle starts with the seating arrangement, but ultimately changes the way we meet and interact as God’s people. It changes us from consumers into participants. It changes the way we see each other. It changes the way we learn and teach others about God.
It’s time to stop filling rows and start forming circles.