Grab, Gather, Grow

Multiply Community Groups in Your Church

By Jim Cowart, Jennifer Cowart Published
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A fresh strategy for developing community groups for your whole church and beyond.

Jim and Jen Cowart, authors of Start This, Stop That, offer a fresh strategy for developing community groups for your whole church and beyond. Harvest Church (www.harvestchurch4u.org), a young United Methodist congregation twenty miles southwest of Macon, met for seven years (on Sundays) on the move in a rented theatre. They learned about adaptive systems, digital tools, and flexible overhead. Since building a multipurpose facility on 43 acres near Warner Robins, Georgia in 2007, Harvest Church applied what they learned about mobility and sustained rapid growth to 2700 in worship attendance, with seven weekend services. They dispensed with a typical education wing (at significant cost savings) and classrooms in favor of four multipurpose rooms. They adapted a community groups strategy, which meets primarily in homes. They have expanded from 72 community groups to more than 300 in one year.

In this leadership book, Jen and Jim offer a five-part method for transforming a congregation through launching community groups.  Community groups become a multiplication strategy because they nurture an urgent expectation outside the congregation to share the good news with persons not yet professing faith, while creating a well defined path for growth in discipleship.  The book will include the following themes:

  • Group Explosion – New Strategy for 100% plus group participation
  • Overcoming Obstacles – Structuring for Maximum Growth vs Control – Crowd to Core Group Growth
  • The Power of the Pulpit – This system is driven from the stage
  • Living the 5 through Group Life – How the CG lives into Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, Evangelism, and Worship
  • Creating Infrastructure for Facilitators

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Endorsements

“The Grab, Gather, Grow method is more than just a ‘program.’ It’s a way of structuring your small groups so your church grows healthy. I love what Jim and Jennifer are doing. Churches need to read this book!”

—Steve Gladen, Pastor of Small Groups, Saddleback Church; author, Small Groups With Purpose

“The profound simplicity of the G3 strategy is surpassed only by its effectiveness in reaching and connecting people. Jim and Jennifer are masters at making complex matters accessible so that we can all be more effective at grabbing, gathering, and growing people for Christ’s kingdom. I highly recommend reading and implementing G3!”

—Bryan D. Collier, Founding and Lead Pastor, The Orchard, Tupelo, MS

About the Authors

Jim Cowart

Jim Cowart is the founding pastor of Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation near Macon, GA. Harvest launched in 2001, and has an average attendance of 3,000 each weekend.  The church grows primarily through professions of faith from new Christians. The innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jim serves as a trainer and coach, helping pastors launch and maintain healthy church environments. For more information go to harvestchurch4u.org.

 

 

 

Jennifer Cowart

Jennifer Cowart is the executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, GA. She co-preaches and directs Discipleship and Emerging Ministries at Harvest UMC.  She earned degrees in Christian Education and Counseling.  In 2001, she helped start Harvest Church with husband Jim Cowart, which now serves 3,000 people in seven weekend worship services. Their innovative “community group” strategy is producing more than 350 small groups meeting in homes and workplaces.

Jennifer is a systems thinker and specializes in helping churches put the proper structures in place to maximize ministry results. As a gifted speaker and strategist, she brings humor and outside-the-box thinking to ministry teams.