In Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups, Kerrick Thomas and I lay out a proven system of semester-based, free market small groups that you can implement to see 80, 90, or even 100% participation in small groups at your church (we regularly see well over 100% of our weekly attenders involved in groups).
However, we also employ a very different type of group at The Journey on a regular basis:
Play Groups are one-time events, primarily designed for new people or a particular niche in our church.
They are what it sounds like – a chance to have some fun and get to know some other people from The Journey.
These groups are low commitment – one time only, just show up and pay your own way.
Some examples could include: going bowling, meeting up at a ball game, or simply going to see a movie together (one of my personal favorites).
We use play groups mainly during times when we have a lot of new people coming into our church who can’t get connected to a regular small group immediately (ie: in the middle of group semesters, like July or after Easter). They also serve as a pre-small group promotion strategy just before a new semester starts.
Play groups are really just fun events – anyone can attend, but we normally target our invitations to new people.
P.S. For a great primer on the Activate Small Group System and how to implement it at your church, check out The Activate Seminar.
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