Part #9 of a study of Fastest Growing Churches in the Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Dr. Tim SmithThis is a series of insights gleaned from surveys and interviews with the most effective churches of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in reaching and keeping people.

10 Things That Make These Churches Different, (part #9)

#2 – Question #44: Which of the following statement BEST describes your approach to starting new classes and/or groups?

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I’ve said for the longest that starting new classes or groups is one of the hardest things to do in a church. We hear about the church planting movement but we’ve been planting churches for hundreds of years. I believe that church planting got too hard when we stopped starting new classes and groups. If you really are about church multiplication, then it has to done through both the large and small groups. The worship and the class! Starting new groups are the incubator for starting new churches. If your church can’t start a new Sunday School class I doubt that you are going to be able to start a healthy new church.

Observation: When was the last time you got everyone in church to agree to something? When was the last time you got everyone in your family to agree something? Well all of the fastest growing churches reported that they start new groups/classes as a strategy to reach new people. That’s 100%! Why do we need to start new classes and groups? To reach more people for Jesus.
In the next blog post I will share what these churches are doing to start new groups.