Ever wonder what’s next in grouplife? Have any ideas?
In 1996 I heard about an experiment at Willow Creek called a Taste of Community. Knowing only a little bit about it, I held a connecting event and sorted attendees out by the style of music they listened to. Seriously. It actually worked.
I remember first hearing about something at Saddleback called a small group connection. You should’ve seen the look on my boss’s face at Fellowship of The Woodlands when I wanted to try it.
“Let me get this straight. You get a bunch of people to come to an event. You group them by affinity…around tables…and they have a conversation…and at the end of the event they choose their own leader by pointing on the count of three? Right….”
Over the next 15 months we connected over 1500 people into 120 new groups using the connection. Amazing, huh?
I remember arguing with Brett Eastman about the host strategy. ”How could it possibly be better than the small group connection?” Of course, when we launched over 250 new small groups in the fall of 2002 with a home grown campaign called Once Upon a Town, it was like scales fell off my eyes and I could see.
Ever had that happen?
What do you think is next? Do you think there’s something on the horizon that will break grouplife wide open?
I love the Thomas Friedman line that says,
“Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.”
Isn’t that a great line? There’s so much that is desperately necessary. How will we reach the 60% that are unreachable with the attractional model? What must happen in order for us to connect people no one else is connecting?
Any ideas about what is suddenly possible?
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