Three Ways to Birth a New Small Group

Multiplication, launching, and planting are all methods of starting new groups.

While there are several ineffective ways to birth new groups, there is no one right way to birth a group. Any form of these three basic methods can be very effective. As can a combination of them.

1. Multiply: Two groups of equal size multiply from parent group.

The vision of multiplication is shared. A new leader and/or leadership team develops. Relationships are developed. Group members are given the option of staying with the original leaders or being a part of the new group. The goal is to have a nearly equal amount of folks committed to both groups.

2. Launch: Core group from parent group launches new group.

As in option one, the vision of multiplication is shared. A new leadership team develops. Group members are given the option of staying with the original leaders or being a part of the new group. However, having equal halves is not necessarily the goal. The new leaders understand that the new group will be launched without many folks from the parent group.

3. Plant: One person from parent group plants a new group while others remain as a part of the parent group

The planter can be either the original leader or a new leader.

Multiplying Suggestions:

1. Talk about multiplying early and often.

Start from the very first week. Describe the fact that one of the purposes of the group is to raise-up leaders who will be sent out to lead new groups. At least monthly, pray in the group about the new groups to be birthed from this group. Remember people are down on what they are not up on. Keep the group informed of the plans and progress each step along the way.

2. Talk about multiplying in positive terms.

Do not speak of "breaking up" the group, "splitting" the group, or "dividing" the group. Instead talk about 'birthing" new ...

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