How can I multiply a Grace Group?
- Make multiplication the goal in the beginning of the Grace Group’s formation to establish that value up front. (Matthew 28:19-20; Proverbs 29:18)
- Know when a Grace Group is “pregnant” and prepare to push the new “baby” out. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
- View each member as a potential leader for future Grace Groups and test them by giving them simple things to do. (Acts 6:1-7)
- Cover all Leaders through a relational structure for ongoing coaching. (Luke 10:1-23)
Cluster (Leaders and Apprentice): When one Grace Group breaks into two or more separate groups, but continues to meet at the same time and location to better facilitate discussion and involvement of members
Branch (Apprentice): When a Grace Group grows and reproduces another Grace Group.
Key signal: when regular attendance is a steady eight or more members.
Two ways this can occur:
- The new leader stays with the original Grace Group, and the original Leader leaves to pioneer the new branch with his/her portion of the Grace Group.
- The new Leader leaves to lead the newly branched Grace Group.
Plant (Leader and Apprentice): When the tripod leaves to start another Grace Group with a whole new people group who would not, or could not attach to the current Grace Group (Mark 6:7)
Extension (Leader and Apprentice): When a Leader and other members go out of their current Grace Group to reach a people group.
H.O.S.T. Gathering (Anyone): A casual gathering of seekers with a common connection (e.g., work, interest, etc.) who meet to read and discuss a topic or subject using designated curriculum with the goals of discovering Jesus while developing relationships with believers. Though not structured like a Grace Group, it has the potential to become one.
What is a H.O.S.T. and H.O.S.T. Gathering?
A H.O.S.T. is one who is willing to reach the unreached by connecting with people who are far from God. A H.O.S.T. Gathering is a casual meeting of seekers with a common connection (e.g., the H.O.S.T., work, interest, etc.) who meet to read and discuss a topic or subject using designated curriculum with the goals of discovering Jesus while developing relationships with believers. Though not structured like a Grace Group, it has the potential to become one.
What are the qualifications of a H.O.S.T.?
Unlike a Grace Group, a H.O.S.T. is not a Leader. A H.O.S.T. is sent out by his or her Grace Group, but is still in connection with the Leader for coaching and the Grace Group for relationship.
- H Heart for people far from God
- O Occupy a place to gather (e.g., table at Starbucks)
- S Start and facilitate the discussion
- T Take time to pray before, at, and after the meeting
- What information, insights, or challenges regarding the Grace Group Leader stood out to you? Why?
- What method(s) could be applied to your group to multiply your Grace Group?