Small Group System: The Trust Issue

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work. 

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus made a promise: “For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (NKJV). When you take that promise to hear, trusting your group leaders with your people becomes much easier. But what does that trust look like in action? It starts with simple things. Let go of some of the decisions regarding when and where your small groups meet and what they study. Instead of mandating these details from the top, trust your leaders to establish the groups they want to establish, within an approved framework.

For example, say you have a group leader who wants to lead a men’s group that will study the book of James and play basketball together on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. From your perspective, you may be able to come up with a list of reasons why that group won’t work. But the reality is that if the group leader is interested in leading an early-morning, James-studying basketball group, there may be fifteen other men in the church who would connect with that concept and jump on board. And these may be men who would be hesitant to join a more traditional group. Plus that’s likely a type of group you would never have thought to offer if you forced all small group possibilities to be filtered through the hands of paid staff. You and I can pretend that we know best all the time, or we can learn to trust the leadership—and the creative ideas—of our lay leaders.

– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from p.104-105 of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups.

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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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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