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Small Groups and Busy People I – Evaluating Your Group’s Level of Busyness

People are busy. That’s just the world we live in. I doubt you’re going to get your group members to change the way they live so it may be important to consider how to do groups when people live life at the speed of light.

For the next three days, I’m going to climb into the world of small groups when life is busy. Today… evaluating your group so you can conclude whether or not your group is so busy you need to consider some changes in the way you do group life. 
When evaluating your group you might want to consider asking yourself these questions.
·      When describing themselves, do group members often use the term “exhausted?”
·      When describing their life situation, do group members often use the term “overwhelmed?”
·      Do some or many of your group members attend meetings sporadically?
·      If your group is made up of mostly couples, do both husband and wife work full-time?
·      Are group members telling you they won’t be in a group when this group ends or multiplies?
·      Is your group made up of people who have long commutes back and forth to work?
·      Is your group made up of young households whose kids are involved in sports, music lessons, etc…?

If many or most of the answers to these questions are yes, you probably lead a small group of people who would consider themselves so busy that group is a responsibility, not an opportunity. 

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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.