Yes? Then proceed with small group ministry.
No? Then you probably don’t need one right now.
Those who told you small groups are essential for a healthy church were right. But that instruction was probably from a big church perspective and may not have taken into account that you’re doing the small stuff just fine.
4. There’s No Available Leadership
Is there someone in your church who has a heart, passion, drive, gifts and leadership skills to run a great small group ministry?
If so, train them and turn them loose. If not, don't start a small group ministry hoping someone will step up and lead it. And don't lead it yourself. Remember, you’re already leading a small group – your small church.
Great leaders don’t fit into existing ministries. Great ministries start with great leaders.
And here’s a final, hard-won word of advice – if you do start a group, put an expiration date on it. It can always be renewed. But if it fizzles out, it didn’t fail, it finished.
Try Ministry Teams, Instead
In big churches, small groups let members experience times of prayer, worship and fellowship they can’t get on Sunday. But people already get that on Sundays in a healthy small church. It’s probably one of the reasons they choose to attend a small church to begin with.
So let’s put our energy into something the congregation can’t get on Sundays.
No, not committees. Actual, working teams. (If you start a committee based on this post I’ll hunt you down and— give you the hug you obviously need).
Start a food pantry, an outreach, a prison visitation or anything else that meets these three criteria:
A NEED: No sense doing it if nobody needs it.
A LEADER: Someone with the passion and gift mix to head things up. Most of the time, they’re the one who raised the idea to begin with.
A TEAM: Don’t send a leader out alone. That’s not leadership. That’s burnout waiting to happen.
With those three, you’ll have Ministry Teams that will bless others, bless the participants and bless your church.
Plus, people who do ministry together tend to lean on God, his Word and each other for strength and accountability. And isn't that what we want from our small groups?
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