In Scripture, small groups are frequently the way God helps to prepare and develop persons of faith. Even in the Old Testament, Gideon selects a few persons, rather than a massive army, to go the work which needs doing. Someone has called that small group "Gideon's Gang". Moses also learned to divide the People of Israel into small companies so they could be better served and taught and led. Jesus began his ministry with a group of a dozen very close followers, a small group that launched a millenia-old and global effort. John Wesley, the founder of the Wesleyan Movement in the mid-1700s, also relied upon small groups of different sizes--from larger gatherings, to meetings of a dozen, to the most intensive meetings of four or so.