Oftentimes, a small group is ready to multiply, even has an apprentice ready to lead the new group, but the group is unwilling.
In this instance, the group leader may need to leave the group, start a new group, and let the present group continue to meet together. I realize this sounds a bit over the top. Let me explain. If a group leader has spoken to the group again and again about the importance of starting a new group and the group is unwilling to consider it, the leader must model what the leader has declared important. When a small group leader does step aside to lead a new group and the rest of the group is left in tact there are multiple wins.
- The small group leader lives by the principles they’ve been espousing and gains the respect of those they lead.
- The small group that the leader has been leading realizes just how important to the Kingdom of God a new small group really is.
- The majority of the small group gets to continue on together. They’re happy and the Kingdom ultimately wins.
- People on a new street or cul-de-sac get to see followers of Christ meeting together.
- People on a new street or cul-de-sac are invited into a small group within walking distance of their home.
- Unbelievers on a new street or cul-de-sac have the opportunity to see and hear the Gospel lived out.