How Well, Not How Many? A Better Way to Measure Small Group Success


From “New Questions for Measuring Group Success”:

Here are some MissioRelate questions to help guide you as you assess your own group:

Missional Communion

  • To what degree is our group experiencing God’s presence when they gather?
  • What specific actions are individuals taking to simplify their lives so that they have time to share in community life with others?
  • What kinds of sacrifices are people making to be shaped by God for leadership?
  • How are people who are not Jesus followers experiencing the presence of God through the group?

Missional Relating

  • How is our group working through conflict and difficult relational situations?
  • How frequently are we sharing meals together outside of official meetings?
  • How are group members sacrificing their personal priorities for the sake of other people in our group?
  • How are people who are not Jesus followers experiencing the relationships that are distinct from the world through our group?

Missional Engagement

  • How is our group being led to minister outside of predetermined expectations and meet needs spontaneously?
  • How are people using their money in unique ways to invest in redemption?
  • How is our group (and individuals within our group) investing in relationships in our neighborhood?
  • How is our group (and individuals within our group) embracing the poor and seeking to bring redemption to social outcasts?
  • How are people who are not Jesus followers encouraged to participate in the process of serving the world together?

When church leaders and groups start asking these questions, they discover they are responsible for a different set of outcomes. Instead of the typical or normal expectations about meeting attendance, group growth and other external factors, they expect to produce a life that generates a new social fabric, to use Block’s terminology. The group sees itself as the context for the creation of an alternative future.

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