Birthing with a Kingdom Vision

You can make birthing a new group easier by fostering a Kingdom vision within your group.

Once our groups become large they are no longer small groups. It's kind of a funny statement, but think about it for a moment. Small and large groups do not share the same dynamics. Keeping our groups small promotes closeness, interaction, and accountability. These dynamics are the reason we started small groups; it would be a shame to lose them in order to stay within the comfort zones of our fears.

Birthing new groups expands the kingdom of God. Remember the excitement of starting your new group? You probably invited just about every one that you thought would even consider joining. Birthing new groups puts an emphasis on developing new potential leaders into maturity. Developing mature Christian leaders is one of the most effective ways a small group advances the kingdom of god.

But why are small group members so resistant to birthing new groups? As a small group leader I believe the member's motivation for resistance is fear. It is the fear of loss. As our groups grow closer together they experience acceptance, purpose, and security in each other. As we talk of birthing a new group they begin to have very legitimate fears. They begin to fear losing their acceptance. What if the next group isn't as close as this one? They may fear losing the purpose this group has given to their life. What if the next group doesn't share the same vision? They may also fear losing the security that your group has given to them. What if I can't depend on my next group the same that I can this one? Members who have spent their time and energy to build a strong group have the right to these fears. As group leaders we should never discount people for these feelings. We should patiently work through these feelings, showing our members that by ...

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