Groups are a big part of local church ministry. Whether they come in the form of discipleship groups, accountability groups, Sunday School, or home groups, it’s clear that evangelicals believe groups matter.
The Gospel Project recently hosted a discussion panel on Group Ministry in the Local Church at the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. Our panelists included:
- Trevin Wax (Moderator) – Author of Gospel-centered Teaching
- Eric Geiger – Author of Transformational Groups
- Robby Gallaty – Author of Growing Up
- Daniel Montgomery – Author of Faithmapping
During the discussion our panelists explored the theological foundations (why) and practical applications (how) of group ministry. Tackling issues like:
- How do you integrate a group philosophy into your church’s overall theological vision for ministry?
- Should groups be on campus or off campus?
- How do you raise and train new leaders for groups?
- Should groups monologue or dialogue?
- How do you connect the spiritual disciplines into the structure of your groups?
- How do you multiply groups?
- Should groups have an outward or inward focus?
- How do you cast vision for groups from the pulpit?
- Should groups primarily gather to study the Bible or focus on fellowship?
According to the research behind Transformational Groups, the majority of church attenders don’t believe groups are that important to the church. However, a survey among Protestant pastors, 76% agree (32% strongly) that groups are the primary network to mobilize their church and its work. Why is there such a discrepancy between the church leaders and their members? Watch the panel discussion as these leaders explore the answers.