Choose to Be a Church Of—Not With—Small Groups

When it comes to small groups, there are two primary types of churches–churches of small groups and churches with small groups. Drag will subtly latch itself onto a church when leaders make the conventional decision to operate with small groups instead of deciding to be a church of small groups.

A church with small groups offers its people a buffet of ministry options to choose from–different programs and ministries to meet various needs and occupy everyone’s time. Small groups are just one of the many options. This church may also have a midweek worship service, men’s ministry events, women’s ministry events, recovery programs, and ongoing adult education seminars. The list could go on and on. And all of these programs compete with one another.

If you want more than 30 to 40 percent of your attenders involved in groups, you must choose to be a church of small groups. Click To Tweet

A church of small groups focuses on two things and two things only–the weekend service and small groups. All ministry outside of the weekend service happens through groups. No other programs or extra ministries exist, so there is no competition for group involvement and effectiveness.

A church of small groups focuses on two things and two things only--the weekend service and small groups. Click To Tweet

If you want more than 30 to 40 percent of your attenders involved in groups, you must choose to be a church of small groups. Otherwise, you will be putting a drag on your system.

– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from pgs. 64-67 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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