April 27, 2009
Small group attendance can be measured and used to identify groups that are in trouble
While at the NEXT 2009 Saddleback Small Groups Conference in Atlanta, I had the chance to talk to Boyd Pelley of ChurchTeams.com about measurements that help predict small group health. If you would like to hear my conversation with Boyd, click below:
According to Boyd, the "Aha" in all of this is the simple but often overlooked fact that group attendance, and the consistency of group attendance, is a big deal as it relates to group health. Groups that experience sporadic attendance, particularly when most of your group members attend 50% of the time or less, are groups that may be in trouble when it comes to spiritual health.
What potentially makes this very relevant is, of all things you can measure in group life, group attendance is one of the more easily obtained pieces of small group information.
My own experience would be consistent with Boyd's statements. Groups that have very inconsistent commitment are groups typically on the lower end of the spiritual health continuum. While that's my experience, I'm not familiar with any formal group life research that focuses specifically on the analysis of group consistency as a health factor.
What do you think? Are any of you using group commitment as a primary group health indicator?
posted by Dan Lentz on April 27, 2009 12:53 PM