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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.

Bring Structure to Your Ministry

Bring Structure to Your Ministry

Everything you need for the behind-the-scenes work of small-group ministry
Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies

Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies

How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry
Multiethnic Small Groups

Multiethnic Small Groups

Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
Successful Short-Term Groups

Successful Short-Term Groups

Whether you're doing a campaign or trying out some specialty groups, use this resource to make them successful.
Missional Small Groups

Missional Small Groups

Learn the benefits and how to make your group missional.
Multigenerational Small Groups

Multigenerational Small Groups

Engaging multiple generations in one group
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults

Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults

Ministering to the life stage of 18- to 30-year-olds

Effective Online Small Groups

It's time to boldly go where few small groups have gone before.
Effective Small Groups for Men

Effective Small Groups for Men

Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to a neglected demographic
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples

Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples

How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Effective Small Groups for Women

Effective Small Groups for Women

Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to an important demographic
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups

Effective Intergenerational Small Groups

Consider moving beyond age segregation in your church communities.
Starting a House Church

Starting a House Church

Helpful advice from experienced leaders in the simple-church movement
Effective Affinity Groups

Effective Affinity Groups

Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
Recovery Ministries

Recovery Ministries

Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.
Effective Turbo Groups

Effective Turbo Groups

Learn about this method of training several new group leaders at once.
Family-Friendly Small Groups

Family-Friendly Small Groups

Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members

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