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Improving the lack of missional effectiveness of congregations with small satellite meetings from an interdisciplinary practical theological perspective

Arthur R. Tucker
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 37, No 1 | a1530 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1530 | © 2016 Arthur R. Tucker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 September 2015 | Published: 22 June 2016


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Abstract

There is much literature concerning small church groups. We are swamped with articles and blogs about what to do to make your small group succeed. Many of these are purely pragmatic, with a smattering of theology or ecclesiology. I believe it is time to take a fresh practical theological look at their place in congregational life and their ecclesiological role. One aim of the missional concept is that congregations transform the communities in the contemporary worlds in which they exist. Whilst many churches now have a dual structure of small satellite groups attached around the main larger worship meeting variously known as cell groups, life groups, etc., it would appear from research that they are not using this dual combination effectively from a missional perspective and thus are not being as effective as they could be in fulfilling the missio Dei. This article attempts to learn how this may be improved using an interdisciplinary practical theology approach combining what may be learnt about this dual structure from the sociology of groups, church history, ecclesiology, and contemporary contextual studies. It concludes by making appropriate recommendations.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article suggests how their effectiveness may be significantly improved using an intra/interdisciplinary practical theology approach combining what may be learnt about this dual structure from the sociology of groups, church history, perception theory in the area of ecclesial paradigms, missional and Trinitarian ecclesiology, and contemporary contextual studies. It concludes by making appropriate recommendations.

Keywords: Dual group structures; contemporary developments;actional analysis; improving missional effectiveness; contextual importance


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dual group structures; contemporary developments; actional analysis; improving Missional effectiveness; contextual importance

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