Small groups are an excellent way to connect people who attend your church. While this statement is probably nothing new in concept, you’re not alone if you struggle with small groups at your church. There’s a number of reasons why most local churches don’t have a thriving small group ministry, and the first one is just that: it’s a ministry.
There are two approaches a church could take with small groups. The most common one is that they become a church WITH small groups. In this scenario, small groups are just one more ministry within the church. They compete with men’s and women’s ministries, recovery programs, sports ministries, Sunday night and mid-week services, just to name a few.
You want to know why you don’t have the participation you’d like in small groups?
The people are exhausted.
Think about it from your guests’ perspective.
In a church with small groups, do you realize how many commitments you’re asking them to make? You have services Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night…and Sunday School! Then you have the men’s prayer breakfast, and the women’s bible study. And whatever other ministries you’re offering. And then you’re going to add small groups on top of that. Oh yeah, you want them to serve in the church too. And heaven forbid these poor souls have any children that want to participate –at church or at school. Is it any wonder they’re not showing up to all of it?
In reality, people are exhausted from the demands of daily living even before they enter your doors. And yet the church just creates more expectations.
Jesus came to bring rest to the weary, not to create more obligations.
Now, you might think that you’re simply trying to give everyone options. You want to meet all needs. The challenge there is two-fold, first it is this simple fact: