The Ministry of Small Groups: Towards an Integration of Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis

by Sarie King. Effective Ministry, 2011.

This article looks at six reasons why small groups fail and offers solutions.


appendices, diagrams about discipleship, why small groups fail

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Examine the practices of your small group using the provided diagrams about discipleship.
  • Develop a successful small group ministry after learning the six reasons why small groups fail.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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