Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Last Call for Growth Group Shepherds

The GOOD NEWS is people are understanding the priority of Growth Groups in our life together. So many who have never been involved before are jumping into Growth Groups this fall. It's exciting and encouraging.

The BAD NEWS is we don't have enough Shepherds. Groups are too full and there aren't enough of them. Here's a slice of our reality.

  • We have lots of people expressing an interest in groups, but our current times and locations don't work for them.

  • Despite our concerted efforts, we have only one North County Group that just got added this week. We see that as a major loss for many who live in the North, but call GraceSLO their home.

  • We need more SLO Growth Groups. Many of our groups are busting at the seams and are too big. When a group gets too big, connection breaks down and connection is a top priority in our church right now.

  • We need at least one more South County Group. We've got 4 vibrant and healthy groups down south, but simply need more.

Some of you have told us "maybe", but we haven't heard from you. Some of you have said "no" this quarter. We want to respect you and don't want to pressure you, but we do want to challenge you by letting you know we have a real need and there is a great opportunity to impact some lives, help some folks grow in grace, and help folks connect in our church.

Believe me, I know how busy life is, but Susie and I are making time to lead a Growth Group this fall, because we're convinced sharing our lives with others is essential and what the Christian life is all about!

Thanks for considering my challenge. Please know, our love and commitment to you is sure and unwavering, whether or not you are able to pull it off. We're just trying to do the best we can to shepherd, care and connect the family here at GraceSLO.

If you'e interested or want to talk about it a bit, contact Tim Arlen at 543.2358 or

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. --Matthew 9:37


Jason and Anna said...

Hey Pastor Tim!

Did you know that other people call growth groups by other names!? :) Anna and I are 'looking deeper' at City Church here in San Francisco. We joined a "City Group" or "CG" for short to get to know other believers that go there. So far we are enjoying it a lot and it does seem very similar to how Grace does it. We do miss Grace though and your preaching!

Anonymous said...

a commen problem for churches on the mega church end. when you have many small churches vs. one large church - you tend to have more leaders for the same number of people - and they tend to engage their communities, their un-saved communities more.

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