Church growth often requires starting small
Several recent studies support the idea that growing congregations such as Roscoe United Methodist Church in Rockford, Ill., tend to offer more small groups than churches that are losing members. Small groups are an effective means of helping church members develop relationships with one another, which helps drive church growth. Roscoe United Methodist started forming small groups more intentionally about a decade ago, said the Rev. Don Dexheimer, the church's outreach coordinator. Since then, the church has doubled its membership to 1,100 people. "I can't tell you that all the growth has come because of small groups," he said. "I can tell you that the small groups have been a significant factor."
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