Here are some things we ask our small groups to consider at my church every summer break:
- Has your group been together for several years? AND
- Is your group too big?
Answer yes to either of these- and you may be unintentionally hanging the “closed” sign on your front door.
- unofficially: nobody wants to be the new kid on the block OR
- officially: they are simply too big numerically, so there is no room at the inn.
The solution: plant a new group
Allow the leader you have trained to lead your group. Then you and one another experienced member leave and plant a new one. It can be the same night, the same place, the same everything- just mostly new members. Then…
Exclusive becomes inclusive:
Yes, people will not want to get out of their comfort zone. But when we don’t, we exclude. And the gospel is never exclusive- in fact, exclusion is the opposite of the gospel.
Christ didn’t die to keep people out- he died to bring them in.
So we make a sacrifice of our own comfort and exclusivity to include those who have not experienced what we have experienced in community. We bring them in.