“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. Todd You can read more of Brian Jones’ story here…
“Christianity for 2,000 years has had large churches, including the very first one…the first church in Jerusalem was five times bigger than Saddleback.”In fact… most people, according to Warren, said that the first church grew from 120 to over 100,000 people within 20 years. But not everyone likes a big church. In fact, Warren says that really the only people that really like big churches are preachers:
“You need to understand this, pastor: nobody really likes big churches. The only people who like big churches are pastors because we like to preach to a large crowd. People don’t go to church because of size. They put up with size in order to get the benefits.”I found this part of the article interesting: Saddleback Church has had consistent growth over the past 30 years, according to Warren. Last year was the congregation’s “greatest year” with record numbers of baptisms, small groups and missionaries. The key to Saddleback’s growth, and to the first church in Jerusalemâ€™s growth for that matter, is growing larger and smaller at the same time, he said. Large group worship and small group fellowship (meeting from house to house) are described in the book of Acts. Small groups are not an option, Warren stressed. They serve as the basic cells in the body of Christ “One cell (a church body without small groups) that gets bigger and bigger; there’s a word for that: it’s called cancer. You don’t want to be a cancer,” he said. “A healthy body is made up of large group worship, small group fellowship.” via Warren: Megachurches, Multi-Site Venues Are Biblical | Christianpost.com. What do you think? I was always brought up to think that a healthy church is a growing church… yet most churches in this country are NOT growing. Most are stagnant or in decline. Why?