Even though I don’t always love the end of things, I've come to understand something important: The end matters.
Is your group coming to an end in the next few months? If so, it's time to start planning to end well. It may feel like you have plenty of time, but you don't.
As leaders, you have the opportunity to set up new groups with leaders—equipped leaders, ready to step into leadership. We call this replacing yourself and it's part of our multiplication strategy.
All groups have a natural life cycle. It's up to a group's leader to work with group members to make a plan for finishing strong and, ideally, launching new groups out of the group that is ending.
Multiplication is the topic most groups don't want to talk about. That can make it particularly tough to lead your group through the process.
It happens. You get to the end of the eight-week starter period and some of the people in your group decide not to continue. What do you do?