Everything ends eventually, even groups. You can either stumble into the end of your group or you can plan for it from the beginning.
If you don't have an apprentice, your primary goal as you end remains the same: making sure everyone in your current group has a clear next step for remaining in community.
Ending your group may not go as planned (in fact, it's likely you'll be met with some surprises along the way). But you're doing a good work. Remember that.
Even though I don’t always love the end of things, I've come to understand something important: The end matters.
It may be time to multiply. Does that freak you out a little? Does it make you wonder why we make a big fuss over ending groups.
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.
As people grow, it's important that they have the opportunity to influence others. That can't happen if a group stays closed off.
Ending your group well is one of the most difficult parts of leadership. That's because it's one of the most important Leader Essential, but it doesn't feel urgent until the eleventh hour.
Beginning your small group with the end in mind can streamline your impact and help you clarify your goals for the group as you lead.
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?