The number of people in a small group really does affect the group member’s experience. Some have come to believe that a group of 13, 30, even 50 is capable of accomplishing the same thing in the lives of group members as a group of 12 or less. While it may be true that the group leader can promote the same principles and practices, there are at least seven reasons why this ideology may be impractical.
- Only a group of 12 or less will experience close, intimate relationships between most or all of its members. This is a group dynamic fact, not an opinion.
- When a small group is more than 12, fewer and fewer people are bold enough to engage in the conversational Bible study.
- When a group is more than 12, people begin to feel that they are unnecessary to the group and are more apt to miss meetings.
- When a group is more than 12, there isn’t time for all the group members to share their thoughts and perceptions during the conversational Bible study.
- When a group is more than 12, in most instances, a few people ambush the conversational Bible study each week.
- When a group is more than 12, group members are less apt to step outside their comfort zone and pray aloud for the first time, read Scripture, share their spiritual journey, etc… and it is in stepping outside our comfort zones, in faith, that God grows us.
- When a group is more than 12, people are capable of hiding in the crowd and ultimately will get lost in it.