"He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." - John 10:1
If you are in a small group, core group, life circle or whatever it is called and the center is not based on the Cross, what is it based on? Community? Accountability? All good things, but is the focus on the Cross and in Prayer?
Maybe your church does not have a group, or it is more a social meeting than christian growth. Our meetings are nation wide and also local. The core is online, which is perfect for someone who cannot get out, or has needs for prayer they do not want to share out of fear their fellow christians would look at them differently.
The Cross focuses on love, forgiveness, healing through grace. Protection is in the Sheepfold.