What Churches That Have Healthy Small Groups Are Doing

November 28, 2017
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Podcast Episode #384

Groups are important to the vitality of a church. As we discuss today, groups are often the catalyst for healthy growth in a church. If you look at a healthy church, you’ll likely see a healthy groups system.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Groups is one of the most neglected areas of church leadership.
  • Someone who is in a small group is five times more likely still to be in a church after five years than someone who is not.
  • People who are in groups give significantly more than those not in groups.
  • Those who lead a specific ministry should also be passionate about that ministry.
  • A healthy church group system is a reproducing church group system.
  • I cannot overstate the importance of small groups in churches.

The six points we discuss are:

  1. They understand the power of groups
  2. Groups are a priority for the leadership
  3. There is a clearly identified champion for groups
  4. They make plans to multiply
  5. They have curricular consistency
  6. They include the priority of groups in their new member classes

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