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Description
The Purpose-Driven Small Groups model evolved from Rick Warren's experiences at Saddleback Church, which are detailed in his book The Purpose-Driven Church. This model seeks to intentionally deepen five areas in each small group: fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship.

This model does not stress multiplication as a way to grow the ministry, but relies instead on regular church-wide campaigns. Within these campaigns, new leaders are initially recruited as hosts and then trained as spiritual leaders over time.
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: A focus on five purposes carries the potential for more full-bodied disciples of Jesus Christ.

Strength 2: Initiating new leaders as hosts lowers the threshold of expectations, making more potential leaders available.

Strength 3: Growth through campaigns allows individual groups to deepen trust and intimacy without worrying about an eventual split.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: The use of regular campaigns requires a more involved administration effort for churches and ministry directors.

Weakness 2: The use of campaigns creates a high amount of turnover, which large numbers of new groups both forming and disbanding.

Weakness 3: Lowering the threshold for new leaders can create problems if those who respond aren't ready for the responsibility--or aren't even disciples of Christ themselves.

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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