Defining our Worship Service to include small groups has been a huge blessing! We believe it allows everyone to complete the conversation. We pray, sing, teach the Word, and small groups to equip people for missional living.
I've heard it said that you untangle, process, and apply what you speak and what you journal, so we have integrated both into our regular meeting times together.
Small groups give you a chance to apply the truths to your own life and situations. It allows for gut-level sharing, on the spot praying, laughing at ourselves, and being accountable to take next spiritual steps closer to God. It is a safe place to admit our fears, failures, doubts, weaknesses... asking for God's strength and others help to change.
It is only when we become open about our lives that we experience deep level fellowship... which is one of the purposes for which we were created.