The following is a book review of The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group
Ministry by Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson
The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry
#1 sin: Unclear Ministry Objectives
There needs to be a general structure and strategy for your situation and
implement it. Forget the fact that the denomination wants numbers!
#2 sin: Lack of Point Leadership
Sometimes you can get a leader who has a "fire in the belly" for the
mission of small groups; sometimes you decide on the mission and appoint a
person to champion that mission.
#3 sin: Poor Coaching Structures
The point leader needs to build a coaching structure where every leader
receives consistent coaching and encouragement.
#4 sin: Neglect of Ongoing Leadership Development
The church needs a leadership development mission and program to identify,
equip and send out leaders.
#5 sin: Closed Group Mindset
Each group needs an apprentice leader and an open season on new
members. When it gets too big, the new group is birthed with the
apprentice becoming the leader.
#6 sin: Narrow Definition of Small Groups
There needs to be variation in the kinds of groups and where they are
fishing for new members.
#7 sin: Neglect of Assimilation Process
There needs to be a process for connecting the unconnected -- and following
up on them.
For more information ... read the book!
April 09, 2015