Group involvement makes attendees more likely to be intentional in spending time with other believers. There is greater than a 40 percent difference between the two groups when measuring the effort to intentionally make time for fellowship with other believers and to intentionally spend time with other believers to help spiritual growth. This should not be surprising, since these individuals are already making an effort by attending groups. In the group survey that will be discussed in detail later, the most common reasons people stopped attending or do not currently attend groups stem from time constraints. This choice impacts other parts of their spiritual walk.
Regular attendees are also more intentional about putting their spiritual gifts to use, and in addition, they are getting to know new people at their churches.
Group involvement impacts people’s daily lives. Group attenders are more likely to find themselves thinking about biblical truths throughout the day. Additionally, spiritual matters are a normal part of their daily conversations with other Christians. These examples show how those involved in groups tend to spend more time thinking and discussing biblical and spiritual matters. Finally, group attenders are negatively impacted when they have not read the Bible. There is a 33 percent difference in feeling unfulfilled if survey respondents go several days without reading the Bible.
Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger, Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups (Nashville: B&H, 2014).