Thanks again to all who participated in Michigan Area UMC Discipleship Survey! The results are in and we’re excited to share them with you.
So, here’s what we found …
1. Keep it small and manageable.
The average size of small groups is 10 people and each church has an average of 7 small groups it conducts.
2. Innovation and Training aren’t just suggestions.
Only 13% of Bible Studies are viewed as being excellent. Most of us are only moderately satisfied. Resources used and group leader quality can make or break an experience. It’s worth it to put in the time to find the best resources for your group and to train leaders to effectively develop discipleship.
3. Book studies are the way to go.
Studying a book of the Bible or a certain topic are great, but having a guide book and supplemental resources can heighten the learning and community experience. Often the accompanying narrative allows readers to find themselves in the story and identify with the discipleship process.
4. Keep it regular.
Groups tend to meet weekly for about an hour or hour and a half. This usually happens in the middle of the week in the evening. This consistency provides accountability, a chance for in-depth learning and fellowship, and a respect for the hectic schedules we all tend to have.
5. Remember to be multi-modal!
The best learning engages multiple senses and is tailored to different learning styles. The studies that are most preferred are those that come with DVDs and guidebooks. There’s something here for everyone!
6. It’s good to know.
Collaboration with other churches, curriculum experts, and small group leaders allows you to stay up to date and to make educated decisions about which resources to use.
7. We want you to be in the loop.
We compiled a list of the top resources being used by Michigan area UMC churches right now:
Thanks for helping us help you. We’ll be conducting similar surveys for other states and denominations soon!
If you need anything along this journey of discipleship, we’re here for you. Reach out to us with questions/comments/feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.