9 Steps to Small Group Multiplication

February 26, 2016
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Podcast Episode #202


We answer the single most asked question we get: how can we grow groups in our church? Groups are vital to the evangelistic outreach and internal discipleship of a church, and it’s essential that you multiply groups to grow your groups.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the primary purposes of a small group should be to multiply itself.
  • Childcare is typically the biggest logistic hurdle for churches with in-home small groups.
  • Most churches are not outwardly focused because their groups are inwardly focused.
  • I’ve never seen a church be Great Commission focused for the long term without a strong groups ministry.
  • Churches that depend on big worship events without focusing on groups have a backdoor that is wide open.
  • I see many churches who have ambitious goals with no date to meet them by. The goals are never reached.
  • Celebrating new groups builds momentum for even more new groups.

The nine steps to growing groups in your church that we cover are:

  1. Share a vision for the mission of your group.
  2. Build a new leadership team to facilitate the new group (and provide them with training and practice).
  3. Determine the type of new group you will form.
  4. Choose curriculum and/or study resources for the new group.
  5. Ask someone to serve as a host and determine the logistics of the new group meeting.
  6. Determine who will go with the new team.
  7. Begin a countdown, and pray for the new group.
  8. Celebrate!
  9. Keep casting a vision for multiplication.

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