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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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