Whenever I talk to senior pastors about their small-group ministries, I always ask about their personal small-group experience. The majority of the time—and I mean the vast majority of the time—it turns out that the pastor is not actively participating in a group. At that point I say something rude. I think it is hypocritical for a pastor to champion something he isn’t willing to participate in himself. Meanwhile, the small-groups director is standing there giving me imaginary high fives. He or she knows what many senior pastors don’t: Groups don’t really impact a local church until they become part of a church’s culture. And that begins with senior leadership.
Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture by Andy Stanley, Bill Willits
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