10 Myths About Groups


I want to dispel a few popular myths that exist about small groups:

  • Groups are for everyone – all of the time. It’s ok for people to take breaks from group life occasionally. Even Jesus retreated away from his small group from time-to-time.
  • Home groups are always better than Sunday School. I think that Sunday School type classes still have their place in some churches for certain people. A few churches do both pretty well.
  • Group leaders have to be well trained before starting a group. We teach that leaders just need to be one step ahead of the people they are leading. I am a big believer in “as-needed training.” More about that in another post.
  • Small groups are not weird. IĀ guaranteeĀ that for most people, attending a small group for the first time was pretty weird. It was for me. But so was eating sushi.
  • Groups have to meet every week to be effective. I do believe that groups who meet more consistently bond quicker, but we have successful groups that have met every other week for years.
  • Only women really enjoy small groups. While it is true that women’s groups tend to gel faster, we have men’s groups that are changing the world.
  • Small groups are no longer effective in churches. As long as it’s still true that Jesus created disciples in a small group of 12 guys, I am going to keep following that example.
  • Groups are only for committed believers. More on this in a future post that may make you think a bit.
  • There is a perfect groups system. Because there are no perfect people. Community is messy.
  • A good community group can exist without food. This one may just be about me.

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About the author

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with more than twenty years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes.