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In recent years there has been an increased emphasis upon specialized studies concerning church growth. More and more, men are looking into the dynamics and elements that constitute effective and consistent church growth. In researching church growth and discipleship literature for seminary studies, this writer has found that one of the consistent elements contributing to church growth, discipleship, church renewal, and individual Christian maturity, is that of small group ministries. Church growth leaders cite the need for the church to be a place where there is true Christian community; wherein the laity is in fact recognized and functioning as a priesthood of believers; and where people come to have their total spectrum of needs met.
Phillips, Robert A., "A Study of Small Group Ministries and Their Effect Upon Christian Growth and Nurture" (1979). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 400.