Great things happen in small groups! Danger arises when you enjoy what's happening so much that you become a "holy huddle".
Ask these questions about your group to determine if it may be time to split-up, bring in new people, or focus on a new purpose.
1. Has your group become a clique? Signs of a clique include inside jokes, no newcomers in years, and less involvement with other's in your church fellowship.
2. Are you balancing outreach and discipleship? Healthy groups open and close at various points along the way. There are appropriate times to add new members, and times to love on each other. Does your group do both?
3. Have you completed a unit of study? A new study can be a great time to invite new people to join your group.
4. Has your group grown to over 12 people? Once a group grows larger than a dozen, it functions more like a fellowship group. Could 2-3 groups be formed from your larger group to better care for people's needs?
5. Do several people in your group have leadership abilities? There are dozens of people wanting to join groups, just waiting for someone to lead them.
6. Have you lost a sense of purpose? Not re-covenanting in several years, meetings becoming routine, people "disappearing" are signs of purposelessness.
7. Do you want to try something new? Reconfigure, recruit, and get on with what you feel God is calling your group to do and be.
Breaking-up might initially seem difficult, but many groups experience positive results when they include newcomers and try something new.