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Small groups rick howerton - denom church planting network 11-09

  1. 1. Church Planting and Small Groups Rick Howerton [email_address] 615-251-5862
  2. 2. Why a healthy small group system is vital. <ul><li>Guests are looking for friendship and co-Kingdom-conspirators. </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups are where leaders are discovered. </li></ul><ul><li>A small group can accomplish all the functions of the church until other ministries are birthed. </li></ul><ul><li>Small group leaders function as the pastor/shepherd for attendees leaving time for the church planter to accomplish other important work. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Five things a church planter should consider as they birth the small group ministry.   <ul><li>First generation groups are the model for all future groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplication of small groups needs to be built into group DNA . </li></ul><ul><li>Small group leaders need basic training, ongoing encouragement , and answers to their questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups are important outreach tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups are essential to establishing the core values of the church plant. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Best Practice Contradictions <ul><li>Groups should multiply every 18 to 24 months. Actually, when planting, groups should multiply when it is most effective . </li></ul><ul><li>Do not build a group ministry based on curriculum. Actually, Curriculum driven groups can be used strategically in church planting. </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational groups are only effective if doing a cell church approach. Actually, Intergenerational small groups assure spiritual nurture of children and youth until a children’s ministry and a youth ministry are in place. </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting people to groups should be done by invitation only. Rather… Connecting individuals to groups should be multi-dimensional . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seven small group systems. <ul><li>But first… </li></ul><ul><li>Four Quadrants of Small Group Life: </li></ul><ul><li>Theological </li></ul><ul><li>Relational </li></ul><ul><li>Restorational </li></ul><ul><li>Missional </li></ul>
  6. 8. Senior Pastor’s Primary Passion Entry Way (if group is the entry way) Leaders Required Children Demographics Cell Groups/ Holistic Small Groups Theological Relational Missional Restorational Strong 1 per household plus an apprentice Intergenerational Income: Below Average Education: Below Average Making Extraordi-nary Disciples Theological Strong 1 per 4 or 1 per 12 Group Spouse Income: Average Education: Above Average Free Market System Relational Missional Strongest 1 per group (Group sizes vary) Group Spouse Income: Above Average Education: Above Average Open Small Groups Relational Missional Stronger 1 per group and an apprentice Group Income: Above Average Education: Above Average Closed Small Groups Relational OR Restorational Strong 1 per group Group Income: Above Average Education: Above Average Preference of Two (or more) Group Types Theological Relational Missional Restorational Strongest 1 per group/ room size (Sunday School class) Group Spouse Income: Above Average Education: Above Average Organic Community Groups Determined by the Leader’s passion or the “Group Personality” Stronger (due to the post-modern mindset) 1 per household Group Income: Below Average Education: Above Average
  7. 9. For training and/or assistance… <ul><li>Rick Howerton </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>615-251-5862 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>