Podcast Episode #202
On today’s episode, 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:
- Share a vision for the mission of your group.
- Build a new leadership team to facilitate the new group (and provide them with training and practice).
- Determine the type of new group you will form.
- Choose curriculum and/or study resources for the new group.
- Ask someone to serve as a host and determine the logistics of the new group meeting.
- Determine who will go with the new team.
- Begin a countdown, and pray for the new group.
- Keep casting a vision for multiplication.
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