Does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially? Or can it grow incrementally and meet the needs of unconnected people? Remember, unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being in your church again.
So, does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?
A very simple calculation can help you determine your answer.
The most common calculation, or what I refer to as your "percentage connected," is the total number of adults actively attending a small group divided by your average weekend adult worship attendance (for example, 150 adults in small groups divided by 300 adults in worship equals 50%). Your percentage connected is a helpful baseline understanding.
But keep in mind and never lose sight of the fact that the people who aren't actively attending a small group are unconnected. In this example, 50% of your average weekend adult worship attendance is not in a small group (and therefore in danger of never being at your church again).
Note: I argue that the total number of adults in a small group divided by your Easter or Christmas Eve adult worship attendance is a more accurate estimate of your percentage connected. See also, What Percentage of Your Adults are Actually Connected?
Does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?
Now back to my question. Does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?
As I pointed out yesterday, there are three strategies that launch waves of new groups and can lead to exponential growth. Virtually all other strategies launch a new group now and then and lead to incremental growth. See also, Top 10 Ways to Launch New Groups.
Your answer to my question should determine the strategy you choose.
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