Pros and Cons of Small Group Semester System featuring Heather Zempel

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Since National Community Church in Washington, D.C. is in a transient city where people frequently come and go, they experience significant attendance fluctuation. In this 5-minute clip, their Pastor of Discipleship, Heather Zempel, shares why the semester system for small groups has worked for them.


What are the obstacles you face in your church in getting people to join small groups? List them below.
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Heather acknowledges that building community takes more than 8 to 10 weeks, but lists several advantages to short term groups including easy entry and exit points and a willingness to try knowing that it's short term. What advantages might you see with using the semester system in your church? What disadvantages do you foresee?
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Heather also looks at short term small groups as excellent opportunities to try out new leaders. How could the semester system help your church develop leaders? How are you developing small group leaders today?
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For more RightNow Media training posts and teaching videos with Heather Zempel, click here.