Multiplying a small group is never easy. Whenever groups change, relationships change. This can be hard. But discipleship is more than a decision to follow Jesus—it’s the process of teaching others how to obey the commands of God. The heart of discipleship is about equipping and sending out more people to carry out and continue the ministry of Jesus.
Rather than viewing multiplication as something done to small groups, we see it as a vital part of fulfilling our mission. This means that everything we do in small group must point to the larger mission of our church. Therefore, Radiant Groups must begin with a mindset of multiplication.
HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR SMALL GROUP TO MULTIPLY:
Address It EarlyFrom day one, the goal of small group isn’t to stay together. As a leader, it’s important to communicate that a critical part of every small group is the process of multiplication. This is something you should communicate early to help manage the expectations of your group.
Multiplication is something every group should own for themselves. Multiplication is more than adding new groups to make room for new people. When a group multiplies, people step up and take on new roles. It’s about developing new leaders and engaging more people in ministry.