Here are some more comments sent my way:
- Great post Henry. I appreciate you testing things that we do. Just because a given formula or recipe for doing something in the past has worked well, doesn't means it's always going to keep working. Your post to me demonstrates creative thinking and flexibility, thank you!
I wonder about the implications on people's commitment to the group. Will people just skip more if they think there are so many others in the group that they won't be noticed or missed? It's harder to host or entertain a larger group or to get enough room to sit people down in the same room. On the flip side, if the small group location rotates within the group, then the host would only have to do it a couple of times per year which takes some of the load off, so maybe it balances out. Anyway, thanks for sharing.
- Just some thoughts ..
Throughout the year, we almost never have a full group. It may happen 3 or 4 times a year. On the flip side, the group is at it's smallest, will meet for at least twice as often as when the group is at it's largest. With kids and life, it's difficult for everyone to meet at the same time.
In my humble experience, people tend to prefer larger groups because they do not feel like they are the outsider. Some may say there is a lack of intimacy however, the larger group may break down to smaller groups.
If hosting constraints are an issue, perhaps the church can be used. I understand that's an liability for the church and some may argue that it's an attendance hinderance for new people. However, the child care facilities and meeting rooms already exist. For people who are checking out small groups, the church is a known location and environment. I've heard that some people want their neighbors to know they have a small group and hope they want to come by, out of curiosity. However, in our compartmentalize and busy lives, most will only notice the streets clogged with our cars. A more productive neighborhood outreach would be to help them rake their yards.
Just some thoughts.