A few years ago, Di and I visited an Australian megachurch. We wanted to learn more small groups and other key programs in church life.
Megachurches are often incubators of new trends in church life, so we visited one to see what was going on behind the scenes.
One of their small group pastors (they had 5 on staff) told us that 93% of new people leave within a year if they don’t start serving or join a small group.
In medium and large churches small groups are the primary glue that helps people stick to a church. They provide a safe place for friendships to grow and give people that feeling of belonging that is vital in larger churches.
I know you want to prevent your small groups from failing so here’s 7 surefire methods you can use to grow healthy small groups.
7 Surefire Ways to Prevent Failing Small Groups
1. Appoint Assistant Leaders
Assistant leaders play a crucial role in every church’s leadership pipeline.
Not only can a leader share the responsibilities of leading a group, they can take opportunities to develop another leader.
The hands-on nature of an assistant’s role means that they learn quicker than if they were in just a training course.
The raw material of an untrained leader can quickly be turned into an effective leader who revels in their new responsibilities.
2. Appoint Pastoral Care Workers
Some people are excellent at leading meetings but not so good at following up people.
While others are brilliant at caring for people but not leading meetings. An excellent way around this issue is to appoint pastoral care workers in each group.