“Have specific beginning and end dates for your small groups. At The Journey, our groups last ten to twelve weeks.
This gives people the freedom and flexibility to make a commitment they can stick with. Then, if a few people connect and become good friends, they can choose to be in a group together again the next semester. Inevitably, they’ll also continue to develop their relationships and accountability outside of the group.
But if the people in the group do not hit it off with one another, they are not forced to stay together past the group’s end date.”
– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above quote is from p. 46 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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