Here is a fun one. I asked teachers to guess how many people in your group would say, “My best friends attend this group.” Again rapidly growing groups were more than twice as likely (105%) to be in the top tier—having 5 or more best friends attending their group. What do we learn from this? Rapidly growing classes are groups of tightly-knit best friends. It also puts to rest the myth that non-growing groups are relationally closer. People sometimes fear outreach because they think it will disrupt existing friendships. The opposite is true. Relationships are better in growing groups.
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