From the church in Acts 2 to your church today, believers have always thrived in community. The proof is in the groups. Recent research shows that people actively involved in groups read their Bibles, pray, give, and serve more than those who are not. Fill a church with these people and the culture and mission will be radically transformed, spilling out of your groups and into communities, into towns, cities,and the nations. Simply put: groups matter to your church.
But great groups don’t just happen. Churches that consistently foster healthy, thriving groups all do the same three things. They develop their leaders, launch new groups, and feed their people with wise discipleship resources.
Groups Matter is a movement devoted to helping churches build great groups the world over. The resources on this site are specifically designed to help your church develop healthy, thriving groups. Above all, we are here to serve your church. Contact us below if there are additional ways we can support you and your commitment to make groups matter.
DEVELOP YOUR LEADERS
In every group there are leaders, people personally gifted by Jesus Christ to serve in this capacity. These leaders reproduce who they are, meaning equipped leaders reproduce commitment to community, discipleship, and mission into their groups. Just imagine how the culture in your church would change if it were filled with trained leaders.
Because Groups Matter, you must commit to developing your leaders by providing the training they need at the time and place they need it. That’s why we are providing free training through Ministry Grid, our leadership development platform. Get started today by registering a free account at ministrygrid.com/groupleaderessentials.
LAUNCH NEW GROUPS
There is power in new. The simple truth is that new groups connect more people to your church than existing groups—no matter when or where they meet. Because everyone in the group is new, newcomers find it easier to connect in new groups than existing groups. New groups also generate fresh excitement and more opportunities for connection and growth in your church.
Because Groups Matter, you must commit to launching new groups. Join with churches around the world to help launch 100,000 new groups, whether they meet in homes, at the church, on Sundays, or throughout the week. You’ll find a host of free tools to help you prepare and cast a vision for launching new groups at the link below.
FEED YOUR PEOPLE
Community is only as strong as what it is built upon. Solid Bible study
experiences foster solid disciples; weak study produces weak foundations. It is crucial, then, that your groups’ studies be rooted in Scripture, point people to Jesus, and be relatable to the people in the group. Yet research shows that many church leaders do not know what their groups are studying.
Because Groups Matter, feed your people with a wise discipleship plan. We know it can be hard to find the right Bible study, but it’s easy when you know what direction you want to go. Take advantage of a simple tool to help you choose the Bible study that best fits the needs and preferences of your groups at lifeway.com/GO.