10 Ways to Make Sure Your Group Ministry Fails: Pt 2

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Craig Groeschel shares 5 more ways to ensure the failure of the small group.

Continuing with yesterday’s theme, here are five more ways to reduce the possibility of a successful small group ministry:

6. Make sure the church doesn’t have a small group vision or philosophy. Let people do whatever they want without any direction or oversight.

7. Make sure your groups become inward-focused and never multiply. Don’t ever encourage your groups to give life to new groups. Allow them to grow inward-looking. Better yet, hope they become filled with negative and critical church members.

8. Make sure to require your church attendees to do so many other things they’ll never want to be in small groups. Ask people to go to Sunday night church, Wednesday night church, committee meetings, Sunday school, etc. If you keep them so busy, you can ensure they won’t participate in small groups.

9. Make sure not to require staff members to be involved. If your staff (or key leaders) aren’t in groups, that will help keep others from being in groups.

10. Make sure you never make small groups a membership or partnership requirement. Be a low-expectation church. While you’re at it, don’t ask people to serve, pray, witness or give sacrificially either. 

Craig Groeschel Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, LifeChurch.tv is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel. He speaks at conferences worldwide and has written several books, including his recent release: The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist. His other books include It, How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It, Chazown: A Different Way to See Your Life, Confessions of a Pastor, and Going All The Way.

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  • BigPapa Dan

    Drolandgs- I am truly sorry you have had so many negative impressions from small groups. I have been a member of that “elite” pastors small group and one of the divorced men’s groups as well in the past and can say that while I don’t know the specifics involved with your situation it sounds as though it is elitist to the nth.
    My current group is just starting two couples, my wife and I and another newlywed couple who joined the congregation around the same time we did, each set has children and we include them in the group….
    I lead currently but am hoping to let each of us take the helm during each new study. We bond well as friends, brothers and sisters and believers, I do get frustrated at the smallness of the group, but am hopeful that others will see the joy and fun we have in our studies and the effect will be contagious.
    I will remember your situation and pray that the Lord finds an appropriate fit for you… no one should feel unwelcome or unwanted in God’s Domain.


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