Why Small Groups Don’t (Always) Make Disciples–and How to Fix It

Friends, I think you’ll love this article by Neil Cole on small groups and disciple-making. It’s a distinction I’ve often noted, also. Here’s how it starts:

“Pastor Brian Jones tells of the response he got from one ‘nationally recognized’ pastor when Brian told him that he hadn’t figured out the whole small group thing yet. Brian said the pastor’s response was something like this:

“Well, Brian, that’s because they don’t work. Small groups are things that trick us into believing we’re serious about making disciples. The problem is 90 percent of small groups never produce one single disciple. Ever. They help Christians make shallow friendships, for sure. They’re great at helping Christians feel a tenuous connection to their local church, and they do a bang-up job of teaching Christians how to act like other Christians in the Evangelical Christian subculture. But when it comes to creating the kind of holistic disciples Jesus envisioned, the jury’s decision came back a long time ago—small groups just aren’t working.”[1]

Click here to read the whole article on his site. This essential distinction simply can’t be overstated . . .

(As you know, I don’t often pass along other sites on this site. But this one is too important to miss. I’ve also added it to the Small Groups page here on this site, along with another link or two . . . )

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