An article appeared on my computer that talked about how to increase the small group participation in your church. If I had read the article, I would have discovered how to break the “50% participation barrier” that evidently is really hard to break. I never heard of the “50% participation barrier,” have you? I have a book on my shelf that claims 100% participation in small groups if a church will only follow its plan. I admit that I’m pretty turned off by those kinds of statements. Rather than evaluate the success of a small group by the percentage of a church’s people involved, I’m much more likely to ask questions about how people are demonstrating discipleship and mission in their lives. How are people growing in spiritual disciplines? How many are inviting friends to try out the group? How deep are the relationships within the group? How does the group care for one another and their neighbors?
Maybe I should read the article and the book to find out what I’m missing. Better yet, maybe some of you have thoughts on this. Are you concerned about breaking the “50% barrier?” If so, what are you doing to break through it?