July 14, 2010
Can you have both?
I've been doing a good bit of research for the next training download that I'm putting together: "Launching Small Groups in a Smaller Church." But I keep running across a set of ideas that are slightly confusing to me, and I would love to hear some outside opinions.
Basically, several articles and book excerpts I have read regarding small groups in a smaller church seem to imply that you can't have small groups in a smaller church. The argument is usually stated this way: if you are able to successfully run a small-groups ministry inside of a smaller church, the church will grow and grow until it can no longer be considered small.
That's not such a bad idea to express, I guess. I'd like to think that a successful small-groups ministry would in fact help any church grow.
But those statements seem to have a more sinister undertone. Namely, that if you are currently part of a smaller church, then you cannot have a healthy small-group ministry. Even more, these lines of thinking seem to imply that smaller churches are a problem in and of themselves—that a small church is automatically an unhealthy church.
What do you think? Are those statements true? Am I right to be confused? And what can we say about the intersection between small groups and smaller churches?
posted by Sam O'Neal on July 14, 2010 3:17 PM