Holistic small groups

At All Saints we are striving to see all our group activities as HOLISTIC SMALL GROUPS, that is, disciple-making communities which endeavour to reach the unchurched, meet individual needs, develop each person according to their God-given gifts and raise leaders to sustain the growth of the church. Like healthy body cells, holistic small groups are designed to grow and multiply as part of Natural Church Development.


Research has shown that continuous multiplication of small groups is a universal church growth principle. It has also shown what life in these small groups should be like if they are to have a positive effect on both quality and numerical growth within a church.

Holistic small groups are the natural place for Christians to learn to serve others— both inside and outside the group—with their spiritual gifts. The planned multiplication of small groups is made possible through the continual development of leaders as a by-product of the normal group-life. The meaning of the term “discipleship” becomes practical in the context of holistic small groups: the transfer of life, not rote learning of abstract concepts.

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