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.
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.
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.
When you have a clear picture of where you believe people need to be as disciples on their journey, you'll have a better handle on ministry needs and an evaluation tool for your leadership. Here's a way to start considering what a DDP looks like in your setting...
Most people don't deal with conflict well or fight well in most relationships, not just marriage. One of the biggest reasons for that is the inability to listen well, especially when it comes to conflict. We're usually too busy thinking about how we will respond or why we're right and the other person is wrong, to even consider the other person's reasoning.
Having been a small group geek for more than twenty years I knew that there were a lot of models out there that might fit, there was a ton of curriculum we could use -- some of it really focused on discipleship and mission. But I knew we needed to start with something simple and easy to work with ...
People approach small groups differently with different motivations. What about you or people in your group? Alan Danielson outlines how people approach small groups. And the approach makes a huge difference in both the group's growth and a person's spiritual formation...
I have two books to recommend for churches who already have small groups or who are considering starting new groups. They are challenging yet practical but extremely insightful and will be a valuable resource for any church who take their small group ministry seriously.