Whether your LifeGroup has been together for many years or you’re new to the idea of small groups, at some point everyone considers what it looks like to multiply. The real fruit of an apple tree is not an apple but another apple tree. Likewise, the real fruit of a LifeGroup is the multiplication of group leaders and groups.

Commanded to Multiply
God commands His people to multiply throughout scripture. Repeatedly God commands His people to be fruitful and increase in number (Genesis 1:28; 9:1; 9:8; 35:11). God’s says His Kingdom is like a mustard seed or yeast that begins small but grows and permeates its environment (Matthew 13:31-33). God’s word, like seed sown on good soil, is to produce thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what was sown (Mark 4:20). God removes Saul as a threat to the early church, enabling it to multiply (Acts 2:43-47). Honestly, I could continue to pull out scripture after scripture like this for hours!

Effective small group leaders don’t just “lead a group.” They raise up leaders to reach the world.

– Dave Earley

Thankfully there are many ways to multiply a LifeGroup. Here are a few of the most common:

Internal Multiplication
The group divides into two groups, roughly of equal size – one led by the previous leader and one led by the co-leader.

Birth
The original group stays intact but sends out up to four members to begin a new group.

Shotgun
The leader of the groups becomes a coach to two or three groups that begin simultaneously out of the original group.

LifeGroup Plant
The LifeGroup leader leaves to begin a new group, turning the original group over to their co-leader.

Launch
A new LifeGroup is created from scratch under the leadership of the LifeGroup Guide Team but not from a specific existing group.
When this takes place, the new leaders have been paired with a LifeGroup Coach and go through leadership training.

No matter what your plan for group multiplication, the LifeGroup Guide Team is always available to help any leader walk through the process. For more information or to contact the team, email lifegroups@eefc.ca.