Six Signs Your Small Group Has Become Apathetic

Groups can become apathetic. When they do you’ll know it. These are some indicators that your group has become completely indifferent.
 
1.     Group members use to bring home-made snacks, now they bring packaged cookies and cakes from Kroger (and sometimes the package is already opened).
2.     Excuses for not attending the meeting include, “The finals of Sing-Off are on tonight.” “Our dog was neutered today.” or “I got a massage and I’m just too relaxed to leave the house.”
3.     When you ask a question during the Bible study time the answer is always… “Jesus.”
4.     The only conflict the group experiences is when discussing if a meeting should be cancelled (and the majority of the group are demanding the group not meet).
5.     Your dog won’t even bark when group members show up for the meeting.
6.     When a group member has a death in the family, rather than the group dropping by to console and care for the family the other group members send a text that reads, “If you need anything, call me.”
 
Just sayin’.
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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.