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Banding Together | Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DID THE PRACTICE OF BANDING COME FROM?
John Wesley, inspired by the Moravians, developed a methodology known as the Band. The Bands were voluntary cells of people who professed a clear Christian commitment and who desired to grow in love, holiness and purity of intention. The group environment was one of ruthless honesty and frank openness, in which its members sought to improve their attitudes, emotions, feelings, intentions and affections.
WHY SO SMALL?
It’s not that reading and praying and meeting can’t happen in a larger group. They can and do. The point of the Band is the depth and quality of discipleship that can happen in a micro-community model.
WHAT IF I AM ALREADY IN ANOTHER TYPE OF DISCIPLESHIP GROUP?
Bands are not intended to be a replacement for other types of discipleship groups (Small Groups, Sunday School Classes or Outreach Groups), but are intended to complement other groups you are involved with. Bands provide a focused context for in-depth discipleship over a significant span of time. They are not intended to be mission or service oriented, but they aim to prepare you for mission by causing the mission of the gospel to become more realized in your own life.
DO BANDS REQUIRE A LEADER?
Bands do not require a leader. Typically, there will be someone who helps initiate the group and gently facilitate the meetings, but the groups are ultimately centered on each person having the opportunity to share with others in the group. These groups require facilitation, but do not need an official or trained leader to run them.
For more information on how to form a Band and the Band meeting format:
- View our printable brochure.
- Purchase A Guide to Micro-Community Discipleship.
- Contact Nancy Markham, Discipleship Minister, email@example.com.