Small Groups, Big Change: Why Children's Ministries Need Small Groups
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The purpose of this research is to determine if small groups are the best ministry model for developing lasting faith in children. I did this by looking at different theories of ministry and analyzing data collected for those approaches to see what kind of impact each model of ministry has on students. I also spoke with several people in this field to get their opinions on the benefits of small groups. The research suggests that children who have a group of consistent peers and an adult other than their parents pouring into their spiritual lives are more likely to stick with their faith in college and beyond. If this is true, then the implementation of these findings would strengthen the church and give it more opportunity to grow in the coming generations. These committed Christians would change the way that their peers see the church and create a generation that is on fire for God.