As a small group ministry director at a church, I have seen small groups both succeed and fizzle. Although there are many variables, two measurable variables seem to be key indicators of group health.
1. Frequency – Relationships take time, specifically time together. The more often your group meets, the more opportunities you have to develop real community. Meeting regularly allows your group more time together to understand one another and learn how to interact with one another.
2. Consistency – Meeting often is important, but meeting consistently promotes growth as well. If you can, meet with your group every week. American culture does well with daily and weekly habits. Every other week or monthly activities tend to get lost on the calendar.
It is our tendency to meet with our small groups less frequently and consistently because we allow the other activities in our lives to drive our small group schedules. What if it was the other way around? What if you put your small group on the calendar first–before soccer practice, grocery shopping, and lazy days at home? How would everyone in your group grow closer to Jesus Christ and one another because of one simple priority adjustment.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)