Back in the 1980s, when Boston Chicken, which later changed its name to Boston Market, was raising capital to expand, Chick-fil-A management discussed how they could compete and also grow bigger. Finally, it’s reported, Cathy pounded the table and said, “I am sick and tired of listening to you talk about how we can get bigger. If we get better, our customers will demand we get bigger.”
- Healthy groups were more prepared, in a variety of ways, to invite and accept more people. (You really don’t want to send new people into unhealthy groups!)
- Healthy groups were prepared to disciple new people. That’s really our purpose, not just adding a bunch of people to groups.
- Healthy groups developed new leaders. This is the BIGGIE! Later on, when we needed to find leaders to launch new groups for our connection campaigns, they were easy to find. They were already prepared in our healthy groups. “Recruiting” new leaders (if you’d even call it that) was simple and easy. When I let our groups know about our upcoming campaign, new leaders came to me!
- Healthy groups produced more groups. This is a law of nature and a biblical principle that starts in Genesis 1. Healthy things grow and reproduce. They are fruitful and multiply. It doesn’t have to be forced, manipulated, or contrived.
Better produces bigger!