I'm starting a new series on this blog: questions. It's not capitalized because it's certainly not exhaustive and I'm not even sure the questions I will present are the most important. But I've done a couple of conference sessions on building small group ministries, and I'm convinced that the most valuable content I provide is the question list I give to participants to develop their philosophy of groups or to re-evaluate why and how they are doing groups. People tend to implement small groups without ever thinking through "why" and "how."
Here's the whole list:
- Why are you doing groups? What mission or purpose do you hope groups will fulfill in your church?
- What is your philosophy of community? What is your philosophy of discipleship? How do you expect groups to facilitate and promote community and discipleship within your congregation?
- What is your culture?
- Do you expect every church member to be in a group?
- What role will the lead pastor play?
- How will the groups grow?