Overcoming Small Groupophobia

I think I just created a term. Small Groupophobia is when someone is frightened of a small group and it keeps them from joining one. There are six things you can do to help people overcome this debilitating fear.
1. Have someone who once suffered from Small Groupophobia who joined a group and had a good experience give their testimony in weekend worship services. A video testimony will be just as effective or more effective and you can edit it.
2. Have sign-ups for groups at a kiosk in the church lobby. Have someone there who can answer the questions people who are hesitant to sign up for a group may need answered.
3. Remind hesitant group members they are going to be able to climb into the conversation when they feel comfortable doing so, and they won’t be forced into it before they choose to. 
4. Remind people often they don’t have to have a depth of biblical knowledge to be involved in a group.
5. Let people know they will not have to read aloud or pray aloud until they are ready to do so.
6. Ask people what obstacles would need to be removed before they would feel confident enough to join a group. Find a group leader for them who will remove all of those obstacles, if possible. 
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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.