Preparing For A Smooth Delivery!

Preparation is necessary if your group is going to multiply.

Giving birth to a baby sounds so romantic …so sweet! Anyone who has given birth to a baby will tell you there are times when it is those things, but it is also not without a certain amount of pain. Birthing a group sounds so lofty …so spiritual. Anyone who has birthed a group will tell you it takes a lot of work and is hardly ever without pain. Just as a couple takes steps to prepare for the birth of their baby; there are a few steps to successfully give birth to a small group.

When you begin a new group, be sure to talk about birthing from the very start.

In conducting premarital counseling, one of the questions I will ask an engaged couple is how many children they plan to have and when. This way there are no surprises for either partner with such an important decision. If your group begins with the expectation that they will birth another group, they will have a much easier time mentally and emotionally anticipating the birth itself. And, if they have a good birthing experience, the more they will look forward to growing their next group and its birth. I inherited a small group ministry whose primary purpose at the time was for shepherding. I chose to bring our groups more in line with our church’s mission and began to foster the idea of reproducing themselves in others. Initially our leaders – even those in my own group – gristled at the idea. I can recall a lady in our group making the comment saying, "No one is going to leave our group!" One year later, she was one of the first ones to say, "When are we ever going to birth, it’s time!" Patience with those in the group and my own timetable for birthing were vital in making the birth successful. When a group is pregnant with too many members you ...

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