Are you thinking about a church-wide small group campaign? If you aren’t, maybe you should be. It’s not too late to get started on a great campaign for this fall. I don’t recommend starting small group studies in September. People just aren’t ready. So use August and September to get ready, choose a study, promote it and get people signed up for small groups that will begin in October.
What exactly is a church-wide small group campaign? It’s a mouthful, but it is really an alignment between your worship and discipleship ministries. In other words, the two ministries are on the same topic. In worship, the pastor presents a sermon series on a certain topic. In their small groups (or Bible study or Sunday School group), the congregation is studying and discussing the same topic.
The real advantage to a church-wide small group campaign is that everyone is on the same page. There is a great synergy (and excitement) created when topics are reinforced across ministries. There is nothing wrong with your small groups doing different studies. But if you want to create some real excitement in your church, I encourage you to try a church-wide small group campaign this fall. Fall is one of the best times, by the way.
- A church-wide campaign will get everyone on the same page.
- What people are discussing in their small groups they will also hear about in worship. The two work together to reinforce the message and create some real synergy.
- A church-wide small group campaign means you will be promoting one thing, and the congregation is focused on one thing.
- Church-wide small group campaigns give you the opportunity to increase the number of people in your congregation in small groups. Promote it as short-term commitment or a “test-drive.” Choose your study accordingly (6-8 weeks max).
- With a little effort, you can help those groups stay together after the campaign is over. Small groups are the best way to make disciples.
It’s a win-win all the way around! Yes, it takes some time and some planning to get ready, but it is well worth it! May God bless your efforts!
It’s not as hard as you might think. Next, we’ll talk about making it happen.