Everything ends eventually, even groups. You can either stumble into the end of your group or you can plan for it from the beginning.
Even though I don’t always love the end of things, I've come to understand something important: The end matters.
Is your group coming to an end in the next few months? If so, it's time to start planning to end well. It may feel like you have plenty of time, but you don't.
It may be time to multiply. Does that freak you out a little? Does it make you wonder why we make a big fuss over ending groups.
All groups have a natural life cycle. It's up to a group's leader to work with group members to make a plan for finishing strong and, ideally, launching new groups out of the group that is ending.
As people grow, it's important that they have the opportunity to influence others. That can't happen if a group stays closed off.
Ending your group well is one of the most difficult parts of leadership. That's because it's one of the most important Leader Essential, but it doesn't feel urgent until the eleventh hour.
Beginning your small group with the end in mind can streamline your impact and help you clarify your goals for the group as you lead.
One of the best and easiest ways to bring those outside the faith in is to invest in their lives and, when the time is right, invite them to an environment where they can begin to experience and explore the gospel.
Multiplication is the topic most groups don't want to talk about. That can make it particularly tough to lead your group through the process.
It happens. You get to the end of the eight-week starter period and some of the people in your group decide not to continue. What do you do?