What’s Better? Rows or Circles?

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Circles are better than rows.

I'd say that statement has kind of swept the small group ministry world in the last few years. In fact, it has probably replaced the line that "the optimal environment for life-change is a small group."

Both good statements. Circles are better than rows has an edge to it. If you can see what I did there.

And it's a fairly helpful metaphor. Very useful for explaining the advantages a group has over a class.

Turns out I can't get enough of the idea that circles are better than rows...for most things. It's that important. At least to me.

If you've been along for much of this journey, you've probably read many of these. If you're a newer member or infrequent attendee, you might just want to dive in and get the full treatment today!

Here are my top 10 posts on the idea that circles are better than rows:

  1. Disciples are rarely made in rows.
  2. Quotebook: Life-Change, Circles and Rows.
  3. Andy Stanley on Creating a Culture That's All About Circles.
  4. The Primary Activity of the Early Church.
  5. Top 10 Signs Your Ministry Might Be Schizophrenic.
  6. An Inadequate Explanation for the 1st Century
  7. 10 Powerful Benefits of a Thriving Small Group Ministry
  8. 3 Prerequisite Convictions of Senior Pastors Who Experience Authentic Community
  9. How Do You Best Utilize Gifted Teachers in a Church OF Small Group?
  10. Top 10 Signs Your Small Group Ministry Needs a Reboot

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