Small Group Ministries are like gardens, they need a “gardener” to provide on-going care and attention. The Small Group Leadership Teams acts as “gardener” by filling the following essential roles.
Sometimes small groups or individuals might feel like they are "lonely little petunias in an onion patch". This longing may be the Holy Spirit’s nudging to shape small groups that exist not merely for the sake of experiencing community, but for the sake of participating in God’s redemptive plan.
If we want to develop ways of relating in groups that results in mission, then we as pastors must look at what we are emphasizing. Let me simply list five points.
Are you a small group leader? Here are three types of questions NOT to ask and some tricks to creating a discussion friendly environment.
Consider these suggestions before you recruit small group leaders.
As the Small Group Point Person, it is your job to equip your Small Group Leaders to deal with group members who present special challenges. If not handled properly, an “E.G.R” (Extra Grace Required) can destroy the health (and attendance!) of a small group.
Churches who have regular evaluation of staff and ministries are far more effective than those churches that don't evaluate. So if you want your small groups to be more effective as well as their leaders, evaluation is a must.
We all want to see our small groups grow and thrive. Here are some key ingredients to tap into and increase your small group potential.
For years CRHM encouraged churches to adopt the Principle-Based model/philosophy of small group ministry almost exclusively. I thought it was worth another look.