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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

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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