Why Should I Lead a Small Group?
There are plenty of reasons not to lead a small group – they require time, energy, and sometimes a lot of grace. However, there are many compelling benefits that make the experience of leading more than worth the investment. Whether you are a small group leader who needs to be reminding of your importance or […]
5 Basic Small Group Ground Rules
Does your small group have ground rules?
All relationships have ground rules. Small groups are no exception. Even if you have not formally established the ground rules for your group, members likely perceive a set of guidelines. Unfortunately, conflict can result when different people have different ideas about what conduct is expected in any group, […]
5 Things You Should Be Discussing in Your Small Group
Small groups tend to fall into one of two categories. Either they are quiet and speak only when asked, or they veer from the course so often that a bystander would never guess the original topic of conversation. Some groups even have members from both factions. Neither of these extremes is ideal for a Bible […]
Top 5 Books for Small Group Leaders
2015 was a great year for small group ministries. Many churches are beginning to embrace the small group path of discipleship while those with existing small group ministries saw them flourish. 2016 is shaping up to be another breakthrough year, both for small group ministries and the people who comprise them.
Because of the growing […]
Beyond Bible Study: 6 Ways to Encourage Evangelism in Your Small Group
When most people think of church small groups, they think of discipleship. Indeed, this is one of the most important functions of small groups: creating a community where disciples can be mentored and grow in faith.
Many small group leaders forget the crucial next step to discipleship: evangelism. Just as Christ trained up disciples who […]
5 Awkward Moments in Your Small Group and How to Fix Them
Some small groups flow as smoothly as a river, while others seem more awkward than a middle school yearbook. Most groups are a mixture of the two, with quality interactions broken by occasional moments of awkwardness.
Awkward moments are not a sign that you are failing as leader or that the small group is not […]
5 Ideas for Creating Discipleship in Your Small Group
As every good small group leader knows, small groups are about more than just Bible study. A small group is (or should be) about discipleship. This is the exact same setting that our Lord used to create disciples, and He can work in the hearts of small groups in modern times as well.
However, many […]
5 Habits of Highly Effective Small Groups
So much of success in life depends on how you handle the details. Often, your character and your outcomes are both a product not of large decisions, but of little choices and habits that happen on a daily basis. This is especially true of discipleship in church communities. If you look at the little habits […]
5 Foolproof Ways to Encourage Growth in Your Small Group
Growth is an essential part of every church ministry. You want to touch as many lives as possible and encourage discipleship among members. However, many small groups stagnate at a comfortable size. Why mess with a good thing?
The aim for growth is one of the factors that set small groups apart from a normal […]
Choosing a Location for Your Small Group: On Campus or Off Campus?
Once you have decided to form a small group, the next step is to nail down a location. The two most obvious choices are on your church campus and in a private home. Both of these locations have benefits and drawbacks that can affect the success of your Bible study and your sense of community.