How Long Should Your Group Meetings Last?

You'll be surprised by the answer!

By Jim Egli

Over the years I've surveyed over 4,000 small-group leaders to uncover the key elements that produce vital, growing groups. I've consistently asked leaders how long their meetings are, but I never analyzed how the length of small group meetings impacts their growth until recently.

I was shocked by the results.

I surveyed 1,140 small-group leaders in 47 different U.S. churches. I asked leaders to finish the following sentence: Normally our small-group meetings last:

  1. Less than 60 minutes
  2. 60-90 minutes
  3. 91-120 minutes
  4. 121-150 minutes
  5. More than 150 minutes

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