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Dear Servants of Christ,
We all want to see our churches grow as an expression of people's love and faith in Jesus Christ.
But the really tricky part of it is helping the people who have professed faith in Jesus to keep coming and keep growing.
The best way to help them to keep growing spiritually and to continue in faithful attendance at your church is by utilizing small groups to their best advantage.
Small groups help your church to be "sticky" so that people keep coming, and therefore keep growing under your awesome teaching!
But there are some important things to understand about the limits of small groups.
Take a look at the factoids this month.
And then consider adding some software tools to your arsenal to help you manage your groups.
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CHURCH GROWTH FACTOIDS:
Take a look at these two Factoids
Factoid #1: “Small groups are not for everyone. Even those churches that heavily promote them often do not exceed 50% of their overall constituency who regularly participate in small groups.” Source: (Anderson, Leith. A Church for the 21st Century. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1992, p. 36.)
Factoid #2: “Without cutting the competition so severely, there is no way we could have reached an 80 percent participation rate in our small group program. And without keeping things trimmed back, we wouldn’t have been able to sustain it, either.” Source: (Larry Osborn, in “Sticky Church” (2008: Zondervan), p. 94.)
These and other Factoids can be found at ChurchGrowth Factoids
Shepherd Care Group Software
Using the picture of Sheep, Shepherds, and Flocks this software helps
you track the details on all of
the small groups in your church.
HighPower Software can be found here.
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The Diary of Adam and Eve – – Based on Mark Twain
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