We are in the process of launching our small groups at Connexion and part of that process is recruiting leaders for this new, wild ride! One of my “new recruits” emailed me some of the most thoughtful questions I have gotten on the subject of small groups. Over the next several days, I want to open a dialogue about small group concerns and issues. Ok, on to the discussions!
First, (please don’t take offense to this) don’t you think people will be more likely to be in the small group that is led “by the ministers”?
I want and need fellow staff involved in my ministry. I need them to participate in a group or even be wiling to lead a group. Having staff and key leaders involved in small groups gives it validity. People see that we value it and thus, they should to. But, I see the concern here. There is still a vibe with some “churched” people that they need to know their pastors or ministers very closely and that they can do that by being in their small group. The obvious concern here is the situation that mass sign-ups to a pastor’s group causes. You cannot have a small group with 50 people in it.
Have you seen this issue arise in your ministry small group leaders? Help us out. Let’s learn from each other’s experiences!