Most churches that I know of who are utilizing “small groups” or “cell groups” don’t know why they are doing it, beyond “It seems to work among younger generations better than Sunday School or Sunday night church.”
I wonder how many really understand the dynamics of using small groups and what they are trying to accomplish other than substituting something new for something else.
Do you use Small Groups? How? Why?
What do you call them?
How do you train leaders?
How do you divide groups and when do you do it?
Where do they meet?
What do you do with children?
How are they designed to grow? (from new members joining the church funneled to the small groups, or from small group members drawing new people to the group from outside the church?)
Do you organize around age, gender, location?
Do you count them? If so, how?
If you use small groups instead of Sunday School, do you take an offering? If so, how do you get it into the church?
Just a few questions we are looking to answer as we get ready to look into small groups.
If you’ve got answers, we’re all ears.