The Relational Gift of Connect Groups w/ Mike & Juli Rasmussen

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In this episode, host Anthony Mullins interviews Mike and Julie Rasmussen. The Rasmussen’s have been married for 36 years and have shared ministry together throughout their marriage, and they both love small groups! Together, Anthony, Mike, and Julie and how these smaller relational gatherings practically fit into the overall GCI vision of Healthy Church.

“I love the idea that you can sit down and get to know 6-12 people, or so, in an intimate setting. In an intimate way, that you would never get to do at church. At church you’re going to spend time afterward talking to a couple of other people and it stays relatively shallow, even if it goes deep, it is not going to go nearly as deep as a connect group. And so, you bond in way that not only makes a difference now but it builds relationships for the future, and connects relationships in a deeper and more profound way…Right now, especially during COVID, connect groups are really important because people aren’t able to come together at church, in some places, because of the virus. So, connect groups are vital now, but I think they are also very important once we open back up again.”
-Mike Rasmussen, GCI Superintendent of North American and the Caribbean

Main Points:

  • Why are connect groups vital to the Faith Avenue and to the overall Healthy Church vision in GCI? (4:30)
  • What does a typical connect group meeting look like in your context? (9:46)
  • How can connect groups be an important space for someone who is new to your congregation? (17:51)
  • What advice would you give to a pastor or church leader who are considering launching a new connect group? (20:00)
  • How have you been personally blessed by participating in connect group ministry? (25:22)



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