Ready to Euthanize Your Small Groups?

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Brian Jones, Lead Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley, is asking an interesting question over on his blog.  "Should the small groups in your ministry be euthanized and replaced with another something that actually makes disciples?"  Actually, he’s making the case that they should be euthanized.  I’m just trying to turn it into a question.

And to be fair, he doesn’t have any information in his post about what their groups are doing, only that whatever they’re doing it isn’t producing disciples.  Also to be fair, I’ve seen plenty of evidence around the country that small groups can become just about information or just about a way to get connected with a few others to escape the "face in the crowd" syndrome.  But I’ve also seen a growing number of places that can point clearly to real disciples being made.

Maybe it’s evidence that Andy Stanley’s statement is dead on in many places:

"Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing."

What do you think?  And while you’re at it, head over to Brians’s blog and jump into the conversation for yourself!

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  1. John Atkinson on June 18, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Just because one small group ministry needs to be euthanized doesn’t mean we should throw the baby out with the bath water. I believe small group ministries that don’t multiply and aren’t creating disciples are that way because they’re simply missing something in their DNA. Making disciples is intentional not accidental. I believe every small group ministry can be turned around.