Andy Stanley taught in this main session.
Leading a group is the hardest and the best thing that a volunteer at North Point can do.
The only numerical goal that they’ve set as a church is groups. The goals you set focus the attention and affection and resources of your church. The goal was to connect 100,000 people in groups. Because of that, it’s impacted how they’ve budgeted and staffed. Groups is central to their entire congregation.
They say this often:
Life change happens in circles not rows.
Andy Stanley started a small group because he couldn’t attend Sunday school. And his first groups experience as a couple wasn’t a part of a program. It was just a need that he knew he could meet.
There are no perfect groups. Because people are there.
They have a closed groups model, and their secret to adding and growing groups is Group Link. This year they’ve connected over 6500 people in groups. 50% were new to small group life.
I’m not a small group lifer because:
- I’ve learned so much in small group.
- I like to connect with new people.
- I’m expected to participate.
- I look forward to Monday night.
I am a lifer because:
- Group provides a relational first step for disconnect new or non believers.
- It’s an environment where Sandra and u can nub user together and use our complementary gifts.
- I’m faced with a variety of faith journeys that never fail to build my faith
- Our children witness firsthand the importance of community.
- We believe life change happens within the context of relationships.
North Point says this often:
Everybody needs to be in a group and when you’re ready, you need to lead a group.