Online small groups are your church's new normal.
I have led these types of groups for over a decade. The average time a member spent in a group was 9 months. This is roughly the same amount of time most sessions for small groups last within a church's calendar year. If you place online small groups on the same level as your in-person small groups, you can set the stage for success.
Now for the topic of this lesson: How to Follow Up (aka: Now what?)
You will have three main tasks to accomplish as a small group leader after your meeting ends. Each of these three objectives will be in alignment with your overall small group systems structure and will further support the mission of the church as a whole, and the communities they are building.
Let's discuss this more in detail.
There are no hard and fast rules here.
As a church, you have the freedom to decide what will work for you and your online group members. While there are best practice rules that exist (as listed above), you can try different modes of operation to see what works best for you. The main thing is to make sure your best practices are easily applied to your entire small group ecosystem, so every group is on the same page moving your mission forward in your church.
How can I help?
I want to make sure you have all the tools you need to succeed in launching healthy online small groups. This is fun for me, so if I can encourage you or better your current system, I would gladly take time for you call. Complete the form below and we can figure out a time to discuss your small groups, and how we can launch you well into the future.