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The Micro Church

Should small groups be smaller?

How big should a church group be? Church growth specialist C. Peter Wagner used to talk about the three "C"s of Celebration—unlimited size; Congregation—up to 100 or so; and Cell—small group, fewer than 20.

Church planter, author and consultant, Neil Cole, has a different answer: three.

He calls this small, small group a Life Transformation Group (LTG) and has written a brand new book on it: Search and Rescue. Great read.

What is a Life Transformation Group?

A life transformation group is a simple but powerful concept. It is a group of two or three people (when it gets to four, it divides into two groups of two) that agrees to read approximately 30 chapters of Scripture a week, and meet weekly for

  • Confession of sin

  • Accountability around Scripture reading

  • Prayer for the lost

The group can meet any time, anywhere—most commonly in a restaurant. The groups are not coed. There is no book or curriculum; they just read and discuss the Bible. (Pretty far out, I know!) There is ...

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