Throughout the history of Christianity, I've observed two models of church planting that I will label Frontier & Immigrant. Each model has implicit strengths and weaknesses. What is your congregation?
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In 2006-2010, Community CRC, Kitchener, Ontario embarked upon a visioning process during which we adopted a new vision: Growing our relationships with God, each other and our community.
Bible engagement is critical for spiritual growth. What kind of small group environment encourages Bible engagement? What kind of leader can help cultivate such a group?
Last week I blogged about adding mission and service to your small group. This week I’d like to look at some specific ways to add the missional ingredient to your group.
These stories are only a few of how God has worked through Discipleship Triads and Quads at CenterPointe, a young church plant in Plainfield, IL.
Discipleship triads or quads are made up of three or four people of the same gender who meet together weekly (preferably) to hold each other accountable for spiritual growth and transformation. No matter how triads or quads are designed, you’ll find these to be true...
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.
If a marriage is a gift from God then why are so many falling apart in the church?
If you're in charge of small groups at your church I believe you will find this helpful. I've had to learn these skills the hard way and they do work, believe me.
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.
It's the fall again when ministries tend to kick off. Here are some things to think about whether you are a member, leader or coordinator of small groups. I thought it would be valuable to recycle this article.
How does an effective group agreement look like and why do we need it?
In churches around the globe, a variety of shifts are occurring that are shaping the future of small groups. These shifts are next steps designed to meet the same goal of the community.
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.
"Our small group just doesn’t have the energy it used to.” Maybe you’ve had this conversation with a leader. Maybe you’ve had a group yourself and wondered why it seemed stuck. Most of us have been there. What to do?
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.
There are five essential habits practiced by effective coaches of group leaders. I use an acrostic: C.O.A.C.H. and put it around a star to make them more easy to remember.
Consider these suggestions before you recruit small group leaders.
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.
Developing a small group plan is essential as you begin your ministry, or as you revise it along the way. Here are three simple questions to help you get started.
Most people who have been around a church for a while have a pretty good idea about what a small group is. Or do they? The following definition may give new understanding to the term “small group.”
However coaching is done, the most important thing it that it IS done for the sake developing healthy leaders and small groups. Here are a couple of proven conversational coaching methods.
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.
As a small group leader, how will you plan your calendar to grow your group members? Download the sample calendar for more information.