I dreamed I was at the Southern Baptist Convention…fighting for the rights of the spiritually unborn.
In my dream I was standing near a concession stand and suddenly realized there was a lady with a clipboard and she had just asked if I was Mark Howell. She was an older lady with her hair in a bun and was wearing one of those dresses that button up the front, like a house dress.
Lady with the clipboard: Are you Mark Howell?
Me: Yes. Why?
Lady: You need to present this motion in the next session.
Me: What is it about?
Lady: It is a motion requiring people to be church members before they can host a small group.
And that’s about when I woke up. It was kind of a “Noooooooooo!” moment. [quote]
It was a crazy dream. It would never happen. That’s not the way the Southern Baptist Convention rolls. They are about evangelism! (Plus, I was at the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this year and I didn’t see anyone that looked like that!)
And yet, I couldn’t go back to sleep! I was still wrestling with the idea that someone would try to prevent the people with the strongest connections to the outside from hosting a group and inviting their seeking friends and neighbors to join the group!
And so today, I am announcing my campaign for the rights of the spiritually unborn. As Mayor of Crowd’s Edge, I am asking you to never forget that the most connected people in your congregation almost always have the fewest connections in the community [click to tweet].
Nervous about what a less connected, less mature host might teach their group? Use a customized approach to determine who the host will be able to invite. Just don’t lose sight of the fact that the most connected people in your congregation almost always have the fewest connections in the community. See also, Customized Leader Benefits and Requirements, Do You Know This Game-Changing Connection Secret? and 5 Honest Thoughts about Small Group Ministry.
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