Starting a small group is just step one. Building a group that maintains health over time requires extra effort. Proper structure can lead to sustainability. I recently created this image to illustrate the structure we desire our small groups to build. Key ideas are as follows:
the primary purpose of the group is to learn to love and be loved as Jesus loved us.
members of the group are growing in Christ, caring for one another and together focusing on the mission of Jesus
each meeting includes food, friends, faith and focus
outsiders are welcomed and invited
Below is a brief slideshow to unpack these ideas a little bit more.