Tips for Small Group Ministry Failure

Craig Groeschel:

Today we’ll cover the first 5 and finish the others tomorrow.

  1. Make sure the senior pastor isn’t in a group. If small groups aren’t modeled by the pastor, they won’t have much of a chance for success. (Amy and I host two small groups in our home.)
  2. Make sure the senior pastor doesn’t talk about small groups. If small groups don’t ever find their way into a sermon, it will help reduce the likelihood of success.
  3. Make sure small groups are not staffed or resourced properly. To guarantee your groups fail, don’t staff them, buy them curriculum, announce them, or get your best volunteers involved.
  4. Make sure small group leaders aren’t trained. When you do get some small group leaders, don’t train them. Let them figure it out on their own.
  5. Make sure the church doesn’t address childcare needs. Pretend like all small groups don’t have any child care needs. Don’t open the church one or two nights a week to provide child care. Don’t pay for childcare like I’ve heard North Point does. Ignore childcare needs completely.

One thought on “Tips for Small Group Ministry Failure

  1. Actually, the first church met ONLY as small groups in homes where they shared testimonies and had ‘communion’ together. What senior pastors? What trained leaders? What children in childcare? They relied solely (as Jesus did) on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    There is this huge movement (conspiracy?) to turn every church in North America into a Saddleback. How sad!

    The way I see it, anyway …

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