My final project for the doctoral class I've been taking is now done and in the hands of my professor. Our leadership board reviewed it last night and adopted it as our current strategy for small group ministry.
Here's the summary: "A Link Group is two or more people associated with Lanse Evangelical Free Church who are primarily led by a commissioned Link Group Leader and meet together at least once a month for the purpose of spiritual growth in biblical community."
"We envision that the spiritual growth of Lanse Free Church will deepen, broaden, and spread through implementing a system of Link Groups, led by qualified, coached, and commissioned leaders. We hope that a significant proportion of people who attend our church will find a home in at least one of these small groups. We envision our Link Groups becoming a primary means of spiritual growth for our people, a primary mode of operation for our various ministries to youth and adults (men, women, couples, seniors, etc), and a primary method of connecting our flock to the shepherding ministry of Lanse Free Church."
Read the whole thing here.