Church Planting & Revitalization
Professor Brian M. Kelly
November 24, 2014
Small Groups Big Impact Critique
The book, Small Group Big Impact, is based on a research involving over 3,000 small groups and more than 200 churches around the world. The authors show that in order to grow and multiply a group, a leader must bring people to conversion, assimilate them into the group, and multiply the group. According to research, small group leaders whose groups grow most rapidly are not dependent upon on whether the leaders are married or single, younger or older, educated or illiterate, male or female, and rich or poor. Also, the leaders’ personality type and spiritual gifts does not make small groups grow. What does make small groups grow are leaders that pray, reach, care and empower. It is not as simple as it sounds to grow small groups. The authors inform us how to lead a small group meeting for leaders, and how to overcome struggles that a group leaders and a small group members will face. The authors help us clarify and take the next steps that God is calling us to do by capturing a fresh vision. When it come to the growth of a church’s small group system, the factors that determine long-term small group success is more about, what the authors called, walking the small group walk. In summary, the one critical factor to have a growing small group is relationship with God and relationship with others. This book, Small Groups Big Impact, is a great book that helps convey the essence of small groups. For a small group to grow, there are three dynamics: Conversion Growth, Assimilation, and Group Multiplication. I find it very helpful to know that some groups are very good at bringing others to Christ, but they are not effective in bring those people into group life. On the other hand, other groups succeed at converting people to Christ and bringing them into the group life of the church; however, they fail when it comes to creating new...
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