Understanding the Differences between Open Groups and Closed Groups (and the Benefits of Both)

March 19, 2019
Episode #520
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Groups are important to discipleship in the church. Today we discuss why both open and closed groups are needed and how they can benefit your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • As they grow larger in worship, churches should also be growing smaller in groups.
  • Small groups have to be flexible as the church grows.
  • Closed groups are great for deeper study of a topic in a church.
  • Groups are a great way to engender greater commitment within the church.

The details we discuss about groups are:

  1. Defining open groups
  2. Defining closed groups
  3. Open groups can be very evangelistic
  4. Open groups must have great flexibility
  5. Open groups tend to benefit the overall growth of the church
  6. Closed groups can be great for specific and specialized training
  7. Closed groups tend to include classes that build on one another
  8. Closed groups should have a definitive termination date
  9. Summary: Both groups can be good. Both groups can be bad.

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