“The time has come to address the elephant in the room – to give a voice to the truth we’ve all been avoiding: Small groups are not the best place for intimate relationships to form.
Instead, they are a place to form new, basic friendships. This doesn’t lower the bar for groups in any way. When it comes to spiritual formation, both friendship and intimacy are necessary in helping us become more like Jesus. But small groups are most effective for helping people make godly friends, not for helping them form intimate relationships within the context of the group.”
– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above quote is from p. 40 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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