“When you set up a small group system with your committed churchgoers in mind, you inevitably create a process that makes it easy for members and regular attenders to get signed up or signed up again. And yes, this is a problem.
When something seems like second nature to your regulars, there’s a good chance that people who are new to your church, who only attend occasionally, or who have never been in a small group before will not think things are quite so simple.
If you want to grow your small groups and your church, you have to be intentional about targeting those who are not yet in the system. To do that, make sure you are asking the right question.
Wrong question: How do I get people to sign up again?
Right question: How do I get new people to sign up?”
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above quote is from p. 28 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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