Small groups give churches room to grow
The Rev. Brad Kalajainen’s new church in suburban Grand Rapids, Mich., had grown to about 180 members when “a spirit of grumpiness” haunted the United Methodist congregation. The reason, he concluded, was that Cornerstone Church had enlarged to the point that parishioners no longer knew the names and faces of all their fellow worshipers. They no longer felt part of a tight-knit community with a shared Christian mission. The solution, he discovered, was to start small groups. With the groups, the church continued to grow in membership while members could grow in faith in the intimate setting they craved.
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