lest I launch out again on a small group diatribe without documentation, observe:
From Robert Withnow's "Sharing the Journey"
"...small groups may not be fostering community as effectively as many of their proponents would like to believe. Some small groups merely provide occasions for individuals to focus on themselves in the presence of others. the social contract binding members together asserts only the weakest of obligations. Come if you have time. talk if you feel like it. Respect everyone's opinion. Never criticize. Leave quietly if you become dissatisfied...We can imagine that (these small groups) really substitute for families, neighborhoods, and broader community attchments that may demand life long commitments, when, in fact, they do not."
Stick that in your hookah and smoke it. Selah.