Here's the situation. One of the members of our congregation would like to have a women's group do a "sermon study" for their meetings and wondered if we have resources on how to go about doing that. Nothing comes to mind except the preacher. Of course, this is a little tricky if...
I understand their fear. We haven’t had enough time together to know one another all that well. Most are new to this whole small group thing and relatively new in faith. Today I’m asking myself how I can gently lead them to feel comfortable praying out loud as a group. Here’s what I’ve thought of so far:
As a small group leader, I want to be more like my Garmin GPS than a map. I don’t want to merely be an information source. My role is to guide my group to the desired destination of life application.
It’s been said that once we stop learning, we stop leading. On-going leadership training is essential for the health of our groups and the people in them.
What did I learn on vacation? If I had quit climbing that mountain, I would have missed an awe-inspiring view of God’s wonderful creation. I don’t want to quit on my spiritual formation, either. There are times when it seems really tough and too difficult to keep-on-keeping-on
As I observe community life around me, I see that over time groups can tend to be more “exclusive” rather than “inclusive.” There seems to be a tendency to gradually build up walls around our group when deciding who fits and who doesn’t. Rather than reflecting Jesus’ inclusive love toward those around us, we find reasons to be exclusive.
Recruiting small group leaders is an on-going task of the Small Group Leadership Team. This resource provides suggestions on key traits to consider when recruiting small group leaders.
Who to Recruit for Small Group Leadership
It’s been said that every organization eventually becomes a reflection of its leaders. Assuming this is true, churches need to pay special attention to the character traits of its leaders, including those who lead small groups. What makes a good...
Given our busy, individualistic Western lifestyle, a once-a-week small group may be too much to ask of a lot of people, but obviously not all. Those who have a vision to experience community that transforms lives and cities are ready.
... today my small group world and work-out world collided when I saw a sign advertising “Small Group Personal Training.” For a very reasonable price we are offered the opportunity to get the benefits of a personal trainer in a small group setting. The sign promoted other benefits of these small groups:
Imagine this. You’ve been in an ongoing spiritual discussion with someone and are asked, “So what is the Gospel?” How would you answer? I had a pretty pat answer in mind until I spent time reflecting on the first four verses of Isaiah 61. This passage points out a bigger understanding of the Gospel than I’m used to thinking
Rather than evaluate the success of a small group by the percentage of a church’s people involved, I’m much more likely to ask questions about how people are demonstrating discipleship and mission in their lives. How are people growing in spiritual disciplines? How many are inviting friends to try out the group? How deep are the relationships within the group? How does the group care for one another and their neighbors?
The call of community isn’t about finding people just like us, at the exclusion of others. Community, in the biblical sense, is clearly about unlike people finding Christ at the center of their inclusive life together. Thus, issues of community reflect powerful dynamics of how God brings very diverse people together for his glory and his witness in the world.
In our modern questions about success, group growth, ways to “close the back door,” and strategies to survive through the ups and downs of overseeing small groups, most modern talk about small groups leads us to put pressure on the wrong things. We end up running from one flywheel to the next...
What are some of the topics, resources or discussion points that would be most helpful to you? What would you like to see included on this site as it is developed? Please share your ideas here so that we can develop this site in a way that best resources those involved in small group leadership...
These answers sound so obvious to those of us who have been around small groups for a while, but we should take note of them as we evaluate our groups.
Here we go! The Network discussion on small groups is making the transition from “discussion network” to “guided network”. Congratulations to us!
Recruiting small group leaders in a way that casts vision and presents leadership as a God-given opportunity will contribute to the health of a church's small group ministry. This tool gives suggestions on where to find potential leaders and how to go about recruiting them.
What are you planning these days? It might be tomorrow, your education, your career path, a vacation, a wedding or maybe your retirement. Planning is an important part of our lives because it helps us live more efficiently and eliminates chaos. Plans help us live with a little more purpose and...
This is a form from Small Group Leadership Planning Tools to gather information about the purpose and context of a small group.
Recruiting small group leaders is an on-going task of the Small Group Leadership Team. This resource provides suggestions on key traits to consider when recruiting small group leaders and allows you to map groups by type, age and gender.
Imagine a Small Group Ministry Worksheet - help for creating a vibrant small group ministry.
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.”
Why do professional sport figures need a coach? Aren’t they the best of the best? I heard of an interesting scenario on one of our local professional baseball teams. A key player is in a batting slump. When it was suggested he spend time with the hitting coach, his response was, “I’m my own...