WHY CIRCLES ARE BETTER THAN ROWS
· A groups model frees adults up to serve on the weekend. It eliminates classroom programming (Sunday school) that competes with time serving.
· A groups model allows everyone to participate in a group – even the staff. Classroom models often require staff to lead so they are unable to participate.
· A groups model provides the optimal environment for care. If you have a pastoral care problem the answer isn’t to hire more pastors. The answer is to enlist more small group leaders to provide care on the front lines.
· A groups model is a growth engine for the weekend experience.
· A groups model allows us to export message content and critical information beyond the rows of Sunday morning and into the circles of small groups.
A A groups model is a catalyst for identifying, enlisting, and developing leaders. Classroom models typically develop teachers, not leaders
· The only numerical goal we have ever set as a church is the number of people we want to connect in small groups.
· There are no perfect small groups because groups are made up of people and they will mess it up.
· I am not a lifer in groups because…….
o I learn so much.
o I like to connect with new people.
o I am expected to participate as a pastor.
o I look forward to group every Monday night.
· I am a lifer in groups because…………….
o groups provide a relational first step for disconnected new people and/or nonbelievers.
o groups are an environment where my wife and I can minister together and use our complimentary gifts.
o in group I am faced with a variety of faith journeys that build my faith.
o our children witness the importance of community first hand.
o we believe life change happens best in the context of relationships.