One of the most important questions you need to be asking in your church is: when is the best time to start a new Bible study or small group. I had the opportunity to sit down with Lynn Pryor, Publishing Team Leader for Bible Studies for Life: Adults, and he shared with me some of his insights.
The summer slump is over, school is back in session, and summer vacations are finished. Now is the perfect time to start new small groups and encourage those members who have been away to join.
Often times, people are hesitant to join an established small group or Bible study as it can feel more difficult to break into the discussion. This is why starting a group filled entirely with new members is such a great idea. When everyone is new, guards come done, and the whole group is more willing to engage.
Lynn states that after about 2 years, any group becomes an established group, but with a new group comes a new enthusiasm and excitement for the group. New groups tend to grow faster than established groups, and new group members tend to become more involved in other areas of the church too. I encourage you to take a look at your current groups, see how long they’ve been together, and think about starting a new group.