When you choose a small group model, system or strategy there are several things you ought to know. Need to know, really. The model you choose should be based on an informed choice. One of the worst things you can do is flip abruptly or frequently between models. See also, 5 Totally Obvious Reasons Small Group Ministries Fail and Top 10 Signs Your Small Group Ministry is Schizophrenic.
Here are 5 Things You Need to Know:
1. There is no problem-free small group model.
Every small group model comes with a set of problems. Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they would rather have.Every small group model comes with a set of problems. Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they would rather have. Click To Tweet
2. The to-do list that come with the model you choose.
In addition to a set of problems, every small group model comes with a list of activities that must be accomplished in order for the model to work effectively. For example, most Semester models necessitate confirming the availability of every leader and the study they will be doing for the upcoming semester. Sermon-Based models require a quality study to be written every week and distributed to group leaders.Every small group model comes with a list of activities that must be accomplished in order for the model to work effectively. Click To Tweet
3. What your model will make simple and ordinary.
One advantage of a model is that it makes complex things simple. Another advantage is that the right model makes extraordinary things ordinary.
4. What your model will make more difficult.
A slightly different issue, every model makes a small set of things more difficult (when compared to another model). For example, the Free Market model can make finding new leaders more difficult (when compared to other models). The Meta Church model rarely births new groups fast enough to absorb unconnected people in a growing church. See also, Choosing What Not to Do.
5. What your model won’t do.
Don’t miss this. Every small group model has limitations (i.e., things it won’t do). For example, apprenticing new leaders takes time and the Cell Church model won’t reproduce leaders faster when the need is greater.
I’ve written quite a bit about the distinctions of small group models, systems and strategies. Your choice of model is one of the 7 decisions that predetermine small group ministry impact. See also, Small Group Models and How to Choose a Small Group Model or System.
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