Craig Groeschel has begun a series on small groups this week.
Why I Still Believe in Small Groups
How to Make Sure Your Small Groups Fail, Part 1
Stay tuned to the LifeChurch blog throughout the week to read the next installments.
Lots of people agree small groups (or whatever you want to call them) are the key to relational community in churches, but most people in the know agree hardly anyone is doing them well.
From my perspective, I think most small group ministries/programs fail because they are trying to meet a need that people in the community don't feel. Yet. I've expounded on that a bit in an article I wrote for the November/December 2008 issue of Rev! Magazine. That issue is apparently not available online (yet?), but the kernel of it first appeared in this previous post of mine called Small Groups Start on Sunday Morning.