I’ve noticed that there is a short list of small group ministry moves that can be toxic. They often seem harmless. They don’t look dangerous. But they can cause great damage.
We all do them. They’re just stupid. And we need to stop doing them.
Here are a few that are MUST. STOP. DOING.
- Matchmaking. Few of us actually have time or available horsepower to place members in groups with room for members. Time spent matchmaking is almost always better spent (a) focusing on launching new groups and (b) training leaders to learn to fish for their own new members.
There’s no doubt that one of the most toxic small group ministry moves is changing small group systems, models or strategies too frequently or flippantly. It is important to make a three year commitment and pursue it with everything you’ve got when you do decide to change. See also, 5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves.
Figuring out why small group ministries fail is not complicated. There is a short list of simple mistakes that sink small group ministries.
5 Simple Mistakes that Sink Small Group Ministries
- Allowing the senior pastor to delegate the role of small group champion. It may seem logical to delegate the role of small group champion to the small group pastor. After all, why have a small group pastor if not to be the champion? This simple mistake may seem logical, but when this is allowed to happen you announce to everyone that being involved in a small group is an add-on activity. You also fail to take advantage of the most influential voice in the church.
If it’s true that “your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing,” it follows that the results you are currently experiencing clearly indicate whether your design is the right one or the wrong one.
See where I’m going with this?
It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you don’t like the results you are currently experiencing, you must blame the design. It is not a fluke. Results are directly connected to design.
Did you miss part one? You can see #1 to #5 right here.