The number one problem in the average American Group is boredom. We are not failing to reach America because people are opposed to our gospel or because they don’t believe our message. We are not failing to reach America because our people refuse to witness, are complacent, or are not committed enough.
We are failing to reach America because at the micro-church level, our groups are often boring.
Priscilla wrote me an email today, telling me about a class she was in where she saw five people sleeping. Gives new meaning to Hebrews 4:5, “They shall never enter my rest.”
Someone said, “If you were to take all the people who sleep in church and lay them end to end, they would all be a whole lot more comfortable.”
Boredom is the #1 problem in the American Group. Bruce Wilkinson says he hears it 80% of the time.
I conducted my own surveys in several conferences last summer. I asked Small Group Leaders about their experience of attending Group. “What percentage of small groups that you have attended were so boring that it will be very difficult for this class to double?” The answers varied widely, but the averages were all about the same. About a third. About a third of our classes are so boring that it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for those classes to double.