Small Group: Catalyst
In October of 2013, Dr. Thom Rainer published a blog post stating why churches should be intentional about starting new groups. New groups are essential if a church is going to accomplish Kingdom goals, have less conflict, and reflect the nature of Christ. It is for this reason that LifeWay Church Resources is spearheading a movement called Groups Matter. The goal? To see 100,000 new groups started in the year 2014. Involve your church by going to GroupsMatter.com. By registering to start new groups, you will motivate others to do the same. Not only that, you can then utilize the many resources that are available to aid you in starting healthy new groups.
A healthy Sunday School and Small Group Ministry is constantly forming new groups. This idea of creating new groups is rooted in Scripture. Jesus told His disciples that He is the true vine and that His Father is the Gardner. Jesus explained that the Father cuts off every branch that does not bear fruit, pruning so that the vine will be more fruitful (see John 15:1-2). There are many people in your town or city who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Starting new groups and inviting them into a biblically functioning community is one of the best strategies you have to reach them. Here is a new resource that you can download to help you as you lead your church to start new groups.