Create life-changing small groups with tech.
Remember the good ole group projects you had in school? As students, smaller groups helped us wrap our heads around tough concepts, lightened the load of an assignment and even brought us closer to our classmates. Yep, despite our teenage groans, these groups helped us to be more productive, creative, connected, and motivated than if we had gone at it alone.
Church small groups aren’t so different, they allow us to band together in an intimate way to discuss, grow, and so much more. But unfortunately, not everyone believes small groups matter and to be honest, they can fail for those who don’t have the right tools and support. As community building specialists, we know strong small groups are vital to creating a healthy, thriving church community. We’ve helped churches all over the country transform the way they do small groups and the outcome is truly amazing. That’s why we’re so passionate about advocating for small groups and equipping them with the tech they need to succeed. To get started, we’ll take a deeper dive into the beauty of small groups. Then, we’ll walk you through the transformative power of tech in small groups.
Small groups are interactive.
When folks are at Sunday morning service and questions pop into their heads, they probably aren’t going to raise their hands and blurt them out. For one, not many people want to ask questions in front of hundreds of staring eyes. Plus, not only is there no time for it but too many questions could really derail a sermon. Small groups give people a safe space to join in, ask questions, learn from others, and discuss what’s in their hearts.
Justin, Executive Pastor at Midtown Church says, “We see a number of people that have connected with our church because they first connected with an MC (small group) so they’ve been kind of a front door for a lot of people who are maybe afraid to attend the worship place but they’ll be happy to gather in someone’s home and meet.”
Small groups create and strengthen connections
People are more likely to talk to one another in small groups and go far beyond “small talk.” In small groups, people work to get to know each other and form lasting relationships. These relationships are the fabric of a healthy church. They keep us accountable, invested, and grateful for membership.
Small groups strengthen commitment
Speaking of accountable, small group members are more likely to be involved in church missions, more likely to volunteer and more likely to encourage others to follow the Lord. Plus, people are more apt to accept a personal invitation than a mass invite.
Small groups promote spiritual growth
When we’re able to have in-depth biblical discussions, study the Word of God consistently and hear others’ perspectives and experiences, spiritual growth inevitably follows. Additionally, when members of our small groups pray for us and we pray for them, we feel God’s love in a whole new way.
Small groups are effective
Small groups allow your church to reach all kinds of people from non-believers to believers, adolescents to Elders. In fact, millennials participate in Bible study at a rate of 72% — the highest of any generation. That said, small groups are a great way to get younger cohorts engaged. If that isn’t enough, small group members are five times more likely to still be in a church after five years than someone who is not. Lastly, people who are in groups give significantly more than those not in groups. As you can see, small groups provide a host of benefits and opportunities for individual members and your church as a whole.
We provide the transformative tech and tools you need to do it.
Even though small groups have tremendous benefits, that’s not to say they don’t have their challenges. Small groups can be done poorly. They take a lot of work. There’s scheduling challenges, lack of commitment, and disengagement. These challenges certainly don’t outweigh the rewards, but there are many ways you can make your church’s small group experience easier, more efficient, and just overall better!
That’s where we come in. Our platform can help you to streamline processes, increase participation, connect members, and more so your church can experience all those wonderful benefits highlighted above. Tools like a mobile app help groups connect & engage in a safe, familiar environment. In-App they can:
- Discover small groups, sign-up and learn about small group offerings
- Chat features enable groups through tags and segmentation to have streamlined conversations in one place.
This helps members stay in the loop with each other, in between meetings. You can also send segmented push notifications to group members.
- Apps give members an easy, streamlined place to plan, schedule, and invite others to small group meetings and events.
- The app is a great reference for small group meetings, complete with sermon notes, digital bible, contact info and locations, universal giving and more.
- Small groups can use the app to volunteer, give, and reach out to others.
Ready to tap into the power small groups? We’re here to help! Connect with us.