Quantity and Quality

You don't have to sacrifice one for the other.

How do you start moving more people into biblical community through small groups? There are many ways, but two in particular highlight the decisions that small group directors and church leaders face. One way is to start with some hand-picked folks in one or a few pilot group (sometimes called Turbo-groups) and focus on Biblical community, outreach, leadership development, and group health. Live life together for a while and then send these folks out to start recruiting and leading their own groups with the vision that this process of growing, reproducing and multiplying will continue to happen over time.

Another popular way is to launch small groups is to use a campaign-program that gets a lot of people connected quickly with minimal leadership development up front. This second method of starting or expanding a small group ministry utilizes a program or campaign as a catalyst. Some popular ones today are: "40 Days of Purpose," the "50 Day Spiritual Adventure," and some stewardship campaigns among others.

Some say the first method emphasizes quality or group health at the expense of quantity—limiting only a few to enter community at first. And while it is true that this method does have a much flatter growth curve at first, quantity growth can increase rapidly as leadership multiplication continues through a few generations of groups and leaders. While this method certainly requires the ongoing training of the leaders, much of the training is built into the structure. Because of this, a highly developed centralized training system is not as critical since much of it happens organically through apprenticeship. In addition, group leader coaches and overseers naturally develop from the system, rather than needing to be ...

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