Failure to thrive is a term used primarily in pediatric medicine “to indicate insufficient weight gain or inappropriate weight loss.”
Because I write so often about building a thriving small group ministry, failure to thrive seemed like a good term for a small group ministry that struggles or where growth is stunted or blocked. There is a short list of primary causes for a small group ministry that has a failure to thrive.
Here are the 5 main causes I’ve identified for failure to thrive:
- An inadequate model: This underlying cause of failure to thrive is rarely diagnosed. If one of the marks of a thriving small group ministry is an increasing percentage connected, certain small group ministry models struggle with the catch a moving train syndrome and simply cannot keep up with demand. One of the main symptoms of an inadequate model is a constant inability to find enough leaders. Another symptom is an inability to develop leaders who are more than hosts. See also,How to Choose the Right Small Group System or Strategy and You Know You Have the Right Small Group…