Current Reality: Evaluating your small groups.


2.12 JOURNAL: Record your reflections and document your answers to the Questions for a Better Understanding found on page 139 with regard to the information on Priority #4.

2.13 GROUP EVALUATION: The Great Commandment: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

            The Great Commission: go, make disciples, baptize, teach them (Matthew 28:19-20).

            1. List all the groups in your church on index cards or separate slips of paper. Don’t forget decision making groups like committees, ministry groups like choirs and informal groups such as a group that routinely goes out to breakfast after church. Record the following on each:

            2. Identify (tentatively) at least one leader for each group.

            3. Give each group a score from 1 (low) to 10 (perfect) on each of the five categories based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission:

                        #1. This group really helps its members love God.

                        #2. This group helps people love their neighbors.

                        #3. This group helps people love themselves.

                        #4. This group goes, makes disciples (Prevenient Grace).

                        #5. This group teaches disciples to obey Jesus (Sanctifying Grace).

            4. Which new members can be traced to each group in the past two years?

            5. What do the scores reveal about the group life in your church?

            6. How are the group leaders linked and supported by the church organization?





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

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