Some small groups just naturally attract people, and new people just tend to stick.
Take this simple two-part test to see how well your group connects and sticks with people. Answer all questions either "yes" or "no."
- Our group is open to new members.
- Our most recent new member came because they were invited.
- When someone new comes to the group, we celebrate together.
- The group calls or e-mails new members to welcome them after their first visit.
- I have personally invited someone to our group in the last year.
- Everyone introduces themselves to the new person at their first meeting.
For every previous question you answered "yes," score 2 points, for every "no," score 1 point.
- We meet in a moldy tent, 30 miles outside of town.
- Our most recent new member came because they were lost and knocked on the wrong door.
- Our host home has a 130 pound German shepherd that sheds like an old paint brush and sits on everyone’s lap.
- We have an initiation rite for new members that includes getting the secret tattoo.
- Most of our group meetings are conducted entirely in either Greek or pig Latin.
- The practical joker in our group is assigned to greet new members for their first several weeks. The whoopee cushion is hilarious.
- We tell new people the group’s annual food fight is at their house next week.
For this second group of questions, every one you answered "no" scores 2 points, every "yes" is 1 point.
Now add all of your scores together. Here’s what your score means:
00-14 - So, you've heard of Teflon, right? Nothing sticks.
15-20 - Good job. Keep at it, your group is getting stickier.
21-25 - Wow! Great job. Your group is a connection machine.
26-28 - When does your group meet? Everyone wants to join.
Derwin Gray: "Jesus wants to advance God's Kingdom through our lives."