Top 10 Reasons to Abandon Small Group Ministry

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Ever get pressure to give up on small group ministry?  Find yourself in the middle of a dark night of the soul agonizing about what just happened?  Here are my top 10 reasons to just throw in the towel and end it now:

10. Information much easier to deliver in a classroom setting

9.  Not everyone experiences Life-change

8.  We had a whole group leave the church

7.  10% of population is very committed to Sunday School

6.  7 leaders out of a 100 unknowingly teach heresy

5.  Too hard to find qualified leaders

4.  The senior pastor isn’t in a group

3.  Bob had a bad experience

2.  .5 leaders out of a 100 knowingly teaches heresy

And the #1 reason to abandon small group ministry?

1.  Childcare too hard to figure out

Okay, first of all…calm down!  You know how I feel about problem-free ministry.  Sure there are problems.  Sure there are challenges.  But at the end of the day, group life is still the best delivery system for life-change.  Every one of these real problems can be countered.  And I’d much rather have these problems than those that come with any other solution I’ve found.

Here are a few of the articles that explain how to counter the top 10 reasons to abandon small group ministry:

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  1. Reid Smith on August 20, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Nice intro, Mark! 🙂

  2. Mark Howell on August 20, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Reid! I’m sure you’d have some good reasons to add to my list!


  3. Steve McNally on August 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Well said Mark. Good format. All of these simple repetative faux group busters can be debunked by using resources, experienced people, prayer, and by thinking through the objections woith the mind that God gave you. Fun approach. Steve

  4. eamon on August 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

    good list Mark. One of my big negatives is the cringe worthy formats that creep into small groups. Didn’t realise you knew Bob too!! Be blessed and keep it coming.

  5. Mark Howell on August 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Thanks Eamon! That’s true!


  6. Drew Lemoine on April 22, 2014 at 11:20 am