Top 10 Signs Your Small Group Ministry Needs a Reboot

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CodeYou know the painfully frustrating experience when your computer is just stuck and you can’t get it to do what it’s supposed to do?  You sit there helplessly and watch the little twirly thing spin.  Can’t get any work done.  Can’t even shut down correctly.

Know the feeling?  Sometimes the best solution is to reboot the computer.

Sometimes a small group ministry is like that.

Sometimes you just need a reboot, a fresh start, a “do over.”

Here are the top 10 signs your small group ministry needs a reboot:

  1. Your senior pastor is hesitant to promote your connecting events.
  2. You’ve had the same 8 small group leaders for the last three years.
  3. You can’t find any new qualified leaders.
  4. The most obvious product of your small groups is dissension and gossip.
  5. You have more than enough groups but can’t persuade your unconnected members and attendees to join.
  6. Your church has the impression that real discipleship happens in rows, not circles.
  7. Small groups are seen as an extracurricular activity for the highly committed.
  8. Your church has more rogue groups than on-board groups.
  9. You never hear life-change stories from your group leaders.
  10. Groups being joined by a neighbor or co-worker never happens.

Sound familiar?  What’s your plan?  Do you have one?

Here’s my plan: Reboot Your Small Group Ministry with My 5 Step Prescription.

Additionally, you might want to take a look at these three posts: Evaluate Your Small Group Ministry with My Signature 10 Point ChecklistConducting a GroupLife Audit 1.0, and Small Group Ministry Roadblock #1.

What do you think?  Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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  1. Eliz on March 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for your effort to write all the article about small group.. I feel very blessed! I and my husband serve in small group more than 15 years..and feel don’t know what to do. We will try to “reboot” 🙂

  2. markchowell on March 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    So glad you’ve found my blog helpful! Keep me posted on how your “rebooting” goes!