SUMMARY: In this episode, Brian and Chris speak with Will Johnston about the differences among churches in urban and suburban environments and how to serve people’s needs in both settings. Will shares some of his experiences to illustrate how socioeconomic factors can influence a congregation’s needs and wants when it comes to groups and community. He also discusses how to adjust an approach to recruiting and training leaders to suit a variety of environments.
In addition, Brian and Chris discuss launching a new groups campaign, including how to select a Bible study for a launch and how to follow up a campaign in a way that maintains participation and momentum.
The Groups Matter Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Small Groups For The Rest Of Us.
GUEST: Will Johnston is the Director of Build Community at Eastside Community Church in Anaheim, California. Will graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in theology, did a two-and-a-half year stint on Capitol Hill, and then joined the staff of National Community Church in Washington D.C., where he oversaw small groups.