Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential
By Allen White; Foreword by Chip Ingram
“Everyone is already in a group.
“When I saw “group,” something from years of church Bible studies comes to mind. You might protest that there are plenty of people who aren’t in groups like this. But it’s true. Everyone is already in a group, it’s just not the group you have in mind. People are in groups called families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, soccer moms, and many others. If your question is how are these church groups? I want to suggest you change your question to what can these groups do intentionally about their spiritual growth?”
— excerpt from the Introduction
This book brims with effective strategies for recruiting leaders, connecting members into groups, coaching groups for success, and giving people something to say yes to, even when they have rejected church-wide campaigns previously offered by their churches. Keys to effective, ongoing groups include leadership training, ongoing coaching, appropriate record keeping, as well as a sequence of aligned series rather than just a single occasional campaign. This book provides fundamentals that will insure ongoing success proven principles used effectively in hundreds of churches across North America.
Readers of Exponential Groups will learn how to connect their unconnected members into community, recruit the group leaders needed to connect and grow their congregation, coach group leaders for a sustainable group structure that will serve their church for years to come, understand how to maintain current discipleship strategies, and implement new strategies without alienating their members or derailing their current systems.
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publisher: Hendrickson
- Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Podcasts, Articles & Interviews
Lifeway’s Groups Matter Podcast (episode 38) with Brian Daniel and Chris Surratt
Post on Markhowelllive.com
Video Interview for Hendrickson Publishers
Interview with Life Letter Cafe
Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand 1160hope.com in Chicago 11/27/17
From the Foreword by Chip Ingram:
“Allen offers practical insights and proven steps to start new groups in your church, whether you’ve been at groups for a long time or are just getting started. These are principles from the trenches, not unproven theories. What Allen has done in his own churches and in our church will work for your church as well. This isn’t a cookie cutter strategy that treats every church exactly the same. No two churches are really the same. The variety and flexibility you will discover in this book will help you make a custom fit for your congregation.”
Chip Ingram, Founder and President, Living on the Edge
What Others are Saying About Exponential Groups:
Read Mark’s review of Exponential Groups here.