“What if I were to tell you that the most powerful potential for your small groups lies in their ability to move people from the crowd to the congregation? What if I were to tell you that your small group system should be designed first and foremost for those who are not yet involved in it – those who are not yet assimilated to your church?
If the focus of your small groups is primarily on serving your congregation and not on connecting the people who make up your crowd, your momentum will turn inward and you will hit a major roadblock. To avoid falling into this trap, continually ask yourself: What are the needs of those not in groups? How do I set up this system so it focuses on getting new people to sign up?“
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above quote is from p. 30 of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups.
This revised and expanded edition of Activate shows church leaders how to make their small groups work. Drawing from the startling success of small groups at The Journey Church, Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas debunk the myths, set the record straight, and show how church leaders can implement a healthy small group ministry that gets the maximum number of people involved and solves many of the important problems facing churches of all sizes. These practical strategies will produce life-changing results.
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