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  • 1. Church Planting and Small Groups Rick Howerton [email_address] 615-251-5862
  • 2. Why a healthy small group system is vital.
    • Guests are looking for friendship and co-Kingdom-conspirators.
    • Small groups are where leaders are discovered.
    • A small group can accomplish all the functions of the church until other ministries are birthed.
    • Small group leaders function as the pastor/shepherd for attendees leaving time for the church planter to accomplish other important work.
  • 3. Five things a church planter should consider as they birth the small group ministry.  
    • First generation groups are the model for all future groups.
    • Multiplication of small groups needs to be built into group DNA .
    • Small group leaders need basic training, ongoing encouragement , and answers to their questions.
    • Groups are important outreach tools.
    • Groups are essential to establishing the core values of the church plant.
  • 4. Best Practice Contradictions
    • Groups should multiply every 18 to 24 months. Actually, when planting, groups should multiply when it is most effective .
    • Do not build a group ministry based on curriculum. Actually, Curriculum driven groups can be used strategically in church planting.
    • 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.
    • Connecting people to groups should be done by invitation only. Rather… Connecting individuals to groups should be multi-dimensional .
  • 5. Seven small group systems.
    • But first…
    • Four Quadrants of Small Group Life:
    • Theological
    • Relational
    • Restorational
    • Missional
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  • 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
  • 9. For training and/or assistance…
    • Rick Howerton
    • [email_address]
    • 615-251-5862