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Description
This model is centered on the belief that community happens more deeply and naturally when people "do life together" on a regular basis. Thus, small groups are assembled based on geography, with people of different ages and social affinities forming groups within their neighborhoods. A church's coaching/shepherding structure is also based on geography, with each coach supervising a specific region (often based on elementary school districts).
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: Geographical proximity provides more chances for group members to spontaneously interact and develop intimacy.

Strength 2: Geographical proximity also removes the "commuter" mentality from a small-group ministry, which can save a lot of time for group members.

Strength 3: This model can help group members connect with an early-church view of community, such as the one described in Acts 2.Cell groups focus on relational evangelism and are a proven way to grow the kingdom of God.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: A church's rigid application of this model can produce negative consequences for groups that are strongly influenced by affinity, such as young adults.

Weakness 2: This model severely limits choices for small-group members.

Weakness 3: A return to an early-church mindset can be jarring for people who are thoroughly entrenched in a 21st-century mindset.

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Bring Structure to Your Ministry
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Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies
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Develop a Small-Group Strategy
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Multigenerational Small Groups
Multigenerational Small Groups
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Effective Small Groups for Men
Effective Small Groups for Men
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Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
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Effective Small Groups for Women
Effective Small Groups for Women
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Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
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Starting a House Church
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Effective Affinity Groups
Effective Affinity Groups
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Recovery Ministries
Recovery Ministries
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Effective Turbo Groups
Effective Turbo Groups
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Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
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