I am a natural born analyst. Not a day goes by that I’m not analyzing what I’m reading, what I’m hearing, what I’m seeing.
As I analyze any small group system or aspect of a strategy, I always add a few important understandings and questions. First, I am sure there are no problem-free solutions. Second, I’m quick to add the great Roger Martin question, “What would have to be true for that approach to work? Third, I asks the four questions that evaluate small group model effectiveness. Finally, I do everything I can to cultivate an openness to new ideas. See also, Supercharge Your Ministry with These 5 Questions and An Openness to New Ideas.
The result of most of my small group ministry analysis is the conclusion that lots of what is being touted as the best system, the most biblical strategy, the answer to all of our problems…is really good thinking mixed with neatly packaged sets of false dichotomies, overstatements, and sometimes includes a twist of smoke and mirrors.
Here are 5 of my honest conclusions right now:
- Pinning hopes of reaching unchurched people on…