Connecting the Dots: Overcoming 5 Common Small Group Struggles

ChurchLeaders | 8/9/2018 | Staff
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Do you have small group ministry issues you just can’t figure out? Feel like there are just some dots that don’t connect to anything? I think most of the time, they actually do connect. We just miss the connection between the way we’re doing things and the results we’re experiencing.

I love this line from Andy Stanley:

MINISTRY - IS - PERFECTLY - DESIGNED - TO

“YOUR MINISTRY IS PERFECTLY DESIGNED TO PRODUCE THE RESULTS YOU’RE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING.”

If you don’t like the results you’re currently experiencing, it’s time to start connecting some dots.

Group - Ministry - Dots

Here are 5 small group ministry dots you may not be connecting:

I can’t find enough leaders is most often connected to the method you’re using to identify and recruit them. Setting the leader qualifications too high can play a role here too, but leader scarcity is almost always related to inadequate leader identification tactics. If your leader identification design is simply announcing your upcoming new leader training course, waiting for volunteers or relying on the apprentice model, you really are set up for disappointment.

Solution - Ways - Leaders - Toes - Water

Solution: Begin building in easier ways for potential new leaders to put their toes in the water. The HOST strategy combined with a church-wide campaign is a great way to offer a six week test drive that often results in a long-term commitment. A small group connection allows potential leaders to be identified by their peers in a very affirming way. The short-term on-campus strategy enables potential leaders to surface naturally over the course of 6 weeks.

Coaching doesn’t work here is connected to the way you’ve designed the coach’s role and who you assign them to coach and care for. The primary reason coaching doesn’t work is that the coach’s job description produces accountants who count things instead of developers who shape people.

Reason - Structures - Coaches

A second reason coaching structures often fail is that new coaches are too often...
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