Allen White

Allen White
Allen White has successfully launched hundreds of small groups as pastor and he has worked extensively with Lifetogether in coaching hundreds of churches to have stronger small group ministries. With a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Missions and an M.Div. in Christian Education has been of great value, Allen still believes that the most valuable things he’s learned have come through the school of hard knocks. Allen, his wife Tiffany and their four children live in Greenville, South Carolina. Learn more about Allen at http://www.allenwhite.org

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Why Giving up Control Might Make Your Group Ministry Better

Posted by Allen White on 3/15/16 7:06 AM

I hear a lot of pastors debate the need for a quality experience at the expense of connecting and growing the vast majority of their congregations and their communities into their group system. I also hear the reverse of this, which is, in order to embrace a large quantity of groups, then quality must somehow be sacrificed. 

We approach ministry as if we have all the time in the world. Somehow we think our people will live forever, and so will the people our people need to reach for Christ. But let’s be honest, we don’t have the luxury of time. 

The apostle Paul didn’t have the luxury of time either. Reviewing his journeys in the book of Acts, Paul never spent more than 6-18 months in any one location, yet in his quest to spread the gospel throughout the known world and to reach Spain, he put leaders in place everywhere he planted a church and then gave them the crash course on ministry. We would call this “quick and dirty” before we would call it “quality.” Paul gave them their marching orders and then basically instructed them, “Do the best you can. The Holy Spirit will guide you. If you run into trouble, then send me a letter.” Then, Paul was off to the next place. 

In living with the tension between the quality and quantity of ministry, I want you to consider these words from Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management

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