If you believe the Bible, you want your church to reach new people and to grow. Small groups are one of the very best ways to do that.
To have a growing, disciple-making small group ministry believing that people want to matter is vital. So much of your ability to empower others comes out of your inner beliefs. Though our inner beliefs can be shaped, formed, and increased they cannot be faked when it comes to equipping and engaging others to lead a small group.
Most people are able to pick up fairly quickly if someone is just going through the motions, saying a script, or if they really mean what they say. That is why I am emphasizing key beliefs as a starting point for being an effective point person for small groups or leading a small group. And understanding and internalizing the truth that people want their lives to matter is powerful.
Few of Us Will Ever Be Culturally Famous
The percentage of us who will ever become “big names” in our field or in society is really, really small. Unless you are on a major network consistently, even pastors of mega, mega-churches are mainly known in part of Christian world and in their city. I am amazed how few Christians know much about influential leaders who are not part of their tribe…but that is reality.
Yet, because we are all made in the image of God and have been wired from the beginning for both relationships and purposeful work, everyone wants their life to count. We want to know we made a difference in the world, that our effort and existence was not insignificant.
Why is this belief so important for small group ministry? Because learning to lead a small group well is one of the very best ways an “ordinary” Christ-follower can make a HUGE difference in the world. Small groups are arguably the best way regular “work a job” people can impact others and help God’s kingdom grow.Let’s do the numbers in two ways:
- The Ripple Effect The average American has around 20 regular “friends” or contacts; some have fewer and some have much more. If she becomes more positive, people notice, and this builds bridges for the message of the Gospel.I regularly encourage small group leaders to realize when they help one person in reality they are impacting another 10-40. Everyone in their group has relationships with others. Every positive change the group member experiences touches those closest to them. So, if a man becomes more involved with his children, not only are the children blessed, but the wife starts telling her friends how he’s a better father since coming to this group. You never know how far the ripples out to others; but it is always more than you realize.
- The Multiplication Effect. Each group leader trains just ONE new group leader PER YEAR. We’re not talking about 1 per month or quarter, just one per year. If each leader does just that once per year, then you will almost double the number of groups you have each year (I say almost because some leaders move, drop out, or won’t do this). But even if only half do it, that is 50% group growth per year. And this is so very doable. Then all it takes for massive growth is for each new leader to recruit 2 people. If then each group member reaches or recruits 2 more over an entire year, you now have 7. Could you live with 10 groups turning into 17 groups and reaching 40 new people in one year? Do it again the next year and you now have 29 groups with 70 new people. After just 5 years of 70% of groups doing this you have 141 groups with 987 people in groups. This is how simple powerful church growth can be.
This Takes a Commitment, but a Very Doable One
Every church wants their members to be devoted disciples of Jesus. But we also realize that most church members do not sit around thinking all day about how to grow the church. Sometimes they do, but they are working demanding jobs, raising a family, and are often involved in some other school, government, or business organization. Though following Jesus should always be front and center, growing the church is not their only focus.
Doing a small group lets your “ordinary, average” (though we know in God there is no such thing) Christian impact hundreds if not thousands of people for God and good if they just learn to lead a small group well. This is both doable and sustainable for the long haul…it is also energizing and fulfilling for them IF you build groups around things they already care about and are involved in.
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