We all know small groups in churches are essential, but just how important?
In A Place to Belong: Small Group Involvement In Religious Congregations, Professors Kevin Dougherty and Andrew Whitehead analyze national data on the impact of those involved in small groups.
In their conclusion, they state, “National data from over 78000 U.S. worshippers in over 400 congregations reveal that individuals involved in prayer, discussion, or Bible study groups have higher rates of commitment and participation than those not involved in a small group. Small group members report a greater sense of belonging, attend services more frequently, and contribute a higher percentage of their income to their congregation. These findings are consistent and robust.”
Because of its importance, churches place a high value on Bible studies. But, when you dive deep, many churches are unsatisfied with how many people are involved in their Bible studies.
For example, one church that had only 15% of people (according to their average weekly worship attendance) involved in small groups jumped to 64% of people in small groups. For those doing the math, that’s a 426% increase!
If you thought my title was overselling, I would challenge you to take a look at the 5 steps and try it for yourself. I’ll even offer a complete, 100% refund. By the way, I’m giving it to you for FREE, so the refund won’t be fantastic! Growing your small groups does require work. It requires conversations and planning, but it is not difficult work. The strategy I’ve uncovered is straightforward and easily doable.
I believe in less than 2 months, you can grow your small groups by more than 40%. Or, if you have never had small groups at your church, you can launch them in less than 2 months. Are you ready? Do you want to know how?