If it’s true that “your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing (Andy Stanley),” the corollary is that if you don’t like the results you are currently experiencing, you need to acknowledge that you have a bad design and change it. After all, the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (Albert Einstein).”
Let me say that again. If you don’t like the results you are currently experiencing, you need to acknowledge that you have a bad design and change it.
Here are 7 signs you have a bad design for small group ministry:
- Your percentage connected is flatlined. Whether your weekend attendance is increasing or not, a flatlined percentage connected (the percentage of your adults who are connected in a group) indicates that your small group system is inadequately designed. See also, Breaking the Mythical 150% Participation Barrier and The Catch a Moving Train Scenario.
- You have trouble finding enough leaders. This is a common symptom of designs that depend on selecting new leaders from the usual suspects. Once your congregation is larger than about 250…