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Description
Small-group leaders are recruited as "hosts," meaning they do not carry the responsibility for the spiritual development of group members. Instead, hosts carry the responsibility of running a group meeting--including providing a location for the group to meet, managing a pre-packed curriculum (often in the form of a video or DVD), and providing snacks. Hosts are often recruited in conjunction with a church-wide campaign.

Most churches using a host strategy will intentionally train and support small-group hosts once they are recruited. The end goal is usually to transform a host into a full-fledged small-group leader who does accept the mantle of spiritual leader for the group.
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: Because the threshold for becoming a host is low, many new small groups can be formed quickly.

Strength 2: This model provides a way for potential leaders to "ease in" to the responsibilities of a small group.

Strength 3: If the pre-packaged curriculum is of a high quality, the teaching time can be as good as or better than a traditional small-group Bible study.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: Because the threshold for becoming a host is low, the potential exists for churches to recruit eventual leaders who are not ready for the responsibility.

Weakness 2: Host groups are often dependent on the quality of the pre-packaged curriculum, which may not turn out well.

Weakness 3: Host groups are often up-and-down, sometimes losing as many groups as they gain in the course of a campaign.

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