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Top 8 Small Group Models

March 14, 2013

Church leaders, based on my observations here are the eight most common small group models currently being used by churches along with one of the predominant books describing each model:

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1) Semester-based Group Models (2 or 3 semesters per year)

– Curriculum selected by Individual Groups . . . Activate by Nelson Searcy

– Sermon-based Groups . . . Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

– Free Market Small Group Model . . . Dog Training, Fly Fishing, and Sharing Christ in the 21st Century by Haggard

2) On-going Open Group Model … Small Groups Big Impact by Jim Egli & Dwight Marable

3) On-going “Closed” Group Model*Creating Community by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits

4) Missional Small Group Model . . . Community: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support by Brad House & Launching Missional Groups: a field guide by Michael Breen and Alex Absalom

5) 40-day Campaign Model . . . Small Groups on Purpose by Steve Gladden

6) Combination or meta-modelsLeading Life Changing Small Groups & Building a Church of Small Groups both by Bill Donahue

7) Cell-based Group Model . . . Biblical Foundations for the Cell-based Church by Joel Comiskey

8) Disciple’s Making Disciple’s Group Model . . . Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual by Putnam, Willis, Guindon, & Krause

*North Point’s groups meet for 18 to 24-months and then multiply. To encourage increased transparency group members request “permission” from group members before bringing a guest. Though labeled a “closed” model it operates more like a “gated” model.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Maybe you’d recommend an additional group model or book for the list.

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