The question of growth comes up when working with churches on a regular basis. Few really ask the question out loud or would admit they do not intend to grow their church or group. But often the actions they take are counter-productive when it comes to growing their group. In addition to taking actions that are counterproductive, few take actions in their class to assure growth has a chance. The bottom line is that if we are followers of Christ our charge is clear.
“WHAT DO I DO?”
I am glad you asked. Many times it only takes a few adjustments to begin to move your class to a posture of growth. Not only numerical but spiritual growth in the hearts & minds of the persons in our group.
- Your group needs to have a mission project 2 times per year. Not just an emphasis, but something outside the group and the church. The value of serving those OUTSIDE your organization is invaluable.
- Your group needs to fellowship once a month. Some sort of gathering or activity. Cookouts are great this time of year! Find something, be creative, but don’t underestimate the value of your group having scheduled fellowships every month
- Everyone needs to be contacted at least 1 time per week. It does not have to be the same person each week or having the same person contact the entire group. People need a text, email, phone call, card… anything, just as long as they have been contacted.