When you set up your connection strategy, did you stop to think about the folks you were hoping to connect? You need to. And don’t make the mistake of expecting the newest or least connected people in your congregation to have your sensibilities or priorities. When you design your connection strategy you need to keep the priorities and interests of unconnected people in mind.
Here are four keys to connection that will help you evaluate your strategy:
It’s easier to connect in a new group than in an existing group. The longer a group has been together, the more difficult it becomes for a new member to connect. Groups that have been meeting longer than about 12 meetings have begun forming an almost impenetrable membrane around their nucleus and only the most extroverted (and sometimes brazen) can break through to connect.
Can you offer a new group 52 weeks a year? No, but you can build in opportunities year round that make it easy to join a new group. See also, 5 Keys to Launching Small Groups Year-Round.
It’s easier to connect in a familiar setting than a stranger’s living room. Long-time church members and…Continue Reading