Pastor Brian Jones tells of the response he got from one ‘nationally recognized’ pastor when Brian told him that he hadn’t figured out the whole small group thing yet. Brian said the pastor’s response was something like this:
“Well, Brian, that’s because they don’t work. Small groups are things that trick us into believing we are serious about making disciples. The problem is 90 percent of small groups never produce one single disciple. Ever. They help Christians make shallow friendships, for sure. They’re great at helping Christians feel a tenuous connection to their local church, and they do a bang-up job of teaching Christians how to act like other Christians in the Evangelical Christian subculture. But when it comes to creating the kind of holistic disciples Jesus envisioned, the jury’s decision came back a long time ago that small groups just aren’t working.”
Wow. My experience in the church is that, many times, small groups DO NOT work. But sometimes they do.
But, that said, even when they do, this person is right, they many times take an inward rather than outward track.
What do YOU think? How do you make your small group make a difference? How do you make your small group be in the top 10% that actually create disciples (what we’re all hoping to do!)
In full disclosure, we’re hosting a new small group.