Featuring Clay Scroggins
How your group ends matters. It will shape how you view the entire experience. That's why we designed this two-session resource to help you end well. We recommend that you do Session One 6—8 weeks before you end your group. After that, lead your group through a study of your own choosing, and then come back to Session Two of Ending Well as a way of celebrating your group as it comes to an end.
Leader Training Available for this Topic
If your group is ending be sure to check out our leader training on "End Well," one of our eight Leader Essentials.
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Articles About Ending Well
Everything ends eventually, even groups. You can either stumble into the end of your group or you can plan for it from the beginning.
Even though I don’t always love the end of things, I've come to understand something important: The end matters.
Ending can be one of the most stressful parts of a group experience. But you can do it well.
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.
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.
One of the best and easiest ways to bring those outside the faith in is to invest in their lives and, when the time is right, invite them to an environment where they can begin to experience and explore the gospel.