Small Groups Matter and Another FREE Book!

2 Feb

In this post on Ed Stetzer’s blog, Rick Howerton, the small group specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources guest-posted this info on small groups.  Here’s a quick plug by Stetzer on the importance of small groups:

Small groups matter, but some churches are struggling with their groups because they are unaware that there are different ways of implementing them, and that how your small groups work (or don’t work) will make a difference in your church. Choosing the one that is right for your church is vital.

Howerton then goes on to identify the seven types of “prevailing small groups” in churches today:

  1. Organic Community Groups
  2. Preference of two or more group types
  3. Closed Small Groups
  4. Open Small Groups
  5. Free Market System
  6. Making Extraordinary Disciples
  7. Cell Groups/Holistic Small Groups

He then gives a helpful criterion to determine which type of small groups would best be suited for the context in which you serve.  Check out the entire article here to view the criterion.

ALSO!  Related to this issue on small groups, Lifeway is also hosting something called The Summit: A Convergence of Small Group Experts. Here are the details:

For the first time ever, ten major leaders in the small group movement will be on one stage to answer your questions about small groups. And you can watch it online from the comfort of your office or home. This free live event, sponsored by Small Group Life, runs from 10:30 a.m. to Noon (CST) on Thursday, Feb 18, 2010.

FREE online event
10:30 a.m. to Noon (CST)
Thursday, February 18, 2010

And just for signing up, you get a free pdf copy of Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups. It’s only a dollar originally… but come on, it’s FREE.

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