encourage the exploration of scripture
In last week’s post - the aptly named Small Groups for Small Churches #1 - I listed several challenges facing small churches looking to grow or launch their small groups ministries. Here are four advantages for those of you who lead smaller churches:
#1) One group can make a big difference: Simple math dictates that every healthy group at a small church will have a significant positive impact. Even more so if that group can replicate its DNA through growth and multiplication.
#2) Relational promotion: Large churches struggle to access the natural person-to-person communication channels readily available to smaller churches.
#3) Cost: Volunteer led ministries that meet in off-campus locations require very little budget or facility impact expenses when compared to other centralized ministries (e.g. weekend services, classes, etc).
#4) Leading change in small churches is easy and painless: Just kidding.
Finally, it’s important to note that if you visited an effectively led small group you would not be able to tell how large the parent church was. In this way the playing field is leveled for the highly resourced mega-church and the under-resourced pastoral-sized church. Small churches don’t have to wait until they grow larger to have world-class ministry impact through groups.
Are you looking to launch or relaunch your small groups ministry? Don’t simply staple small groups onto your existing programs. Start by clarifying and retooling your larger mission and strategy in order to create the necessary space for groups to thrive. Contact me, I can help.