#36 Sticky Church

In Sticky Church, author and pastor Larry Osborne makes the case that closing the back door of your church is even more important than opening the front door wider. He offers a time-tested strategy for doing so: sermon-based small groups that dig deeper into the weekend message and tightly velcro members to the ministry. It’s a strategy that enabled Osborne’s congregation to grow from a handful of people to one of the larger churches in the nation—without any marketing or special programming. Sticky Church tells the inspiring story of North Coast Church’s phenomenal growth and offers practical tips for launching your own sermon-based small group ministry. Topics include: Why stickiness is so important Why most of our discipleship models don’t work very well Why small groups always make a church more honest and transparent What makes groups grow deeper and sticker over time Sticky Church is an ideal book for church leaders who want to start or retool their small group ministry—and velcro their congregation to the Bible and each other.

This book was recommended by our church staff since they are working towards helping people to build “sticky” relationships with the spiritual brothers and sisters via small groups.

I do believe that the small group is the back bone of the church body so I did agree a lot with the author on many points. Sometimes it’s easy for church to get wrapped up in too many “unnecessary” things and activities and pushes the church body away from unity as a result though they all may do so with good intentions. I think churches try to do so many things with very little resources and end up forgetting what they’re trying to do in the first place.

This book contains many great ideas to establish healthy small groups that is sermon-based and indeed it made me think about how my husband and I are leading our own and how we can improve it. I believe when the church is focused on making people disciples of Christ through small groups and healthy relationship building, people will indeed take ownership of their faith and church body and start coming to church to serve rather than be served.

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