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It’s a sad day for the online community.

Yesterday I announced the launch of the Summit’s brand new initiative called socialMEdia™ Small Groups: the groups that let you grow in grace without getting off the couch; that let you build community without any commitment. It was a genius idea, really: use your already-existing web presence to “do life together” while being very much alone.

The only problem was that we made that announcement on April 1.

April Fool’s Day.

Oh, many of you got it. You told me that you knew something was coming (maybe because I. do. this. every. year.), that you could tell two sentences in that it was a prank, or at least that you clicked the link at the bottom of the post and figured out the big reveal. (I was especially proud of four commenters: Josh, Jon, Chris, and Lori, who got the joke and played along. Well done, y’all. Well done indeed.)

But more than a few of you didn’t get it. I fielded phone calls and text messages and emails and personal conversations in the hallway, expressing concern about this new direction our discipleship strategy was going. That list included everyone from out of town relatives to pastors on our small group teams (those guys were really upset that they were just finding out about it).

And to all of you, I offer this:


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

I know, it’s not nice to laugh. But it was April 1, after all. My friends, that is my favorite day on the internet. And you should not believe anything you read on the interwebs on that day, especially on this blog. (Oh, and while we’re at it, Sonic is not unveiling a Kale Cream Pie milkshake, Cheetos is not launching a perfume line, and Southwest is not offering non-stop flights to Mars.)

So to clear things up:

  • The Summit still believes in face-to-face discipleship.
  • We’re not abandoning our current small group model.
  • And we’d really rather not start a sanctification selfie trend anytime soon.

Did you bite? We’d all like to hear about it in the comments below. And after you comment, please feel free to go ahead and mark your calendars for March 31, 2015.

Thanks for playing.

If you’re so inclined, here’s a list of posts from April Fool’s Days gone by: