Leading a small-group ministry is no easy task, but it's important ministry. Having a front-row seat to the work that God is doing in the lives of the people in your church is amazing. We at SmallGroups.com know, though, that healthy small groups don't just happen. They take vision and planning and training, and we are honored to be able to provide tools that help you carry out that essential ministry work. As 2016 draws to a close, we're taking a look at our most popular Training Tools of the year. Whether you need tools to train your leaders, tips on organizing your ministry, or practical orientation guides you can give to new leaders, you'll find just what you're looking for in this list.
1. Small-Group Leader Training Program
Set a firm foundation for your new small-group leaders.
It can be difficult to train new small-group leaders. What exactly do brand-new leaders need to get started? How can you help them feel confident as they begin leading? And how can you train them effectively with as little stress as possible?
With the Small-Group Leader Training Program, we've done the hard work for you. You'll get all the tools you need to implement an engaging and practical training in a half-day workshop, a five-week turbo group, or a variety of other formats. Included, you'll find a comprehensive Leader's Guide, five video sessions, and information on how to order the accompanying Participant Workbook for your leaders.
2. Create Sermon-Based Studies
How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
Churches across the world have had success with small-group campaigns that link the sermon with what small groups study during their meetings. But you don't need a specialized campaign to make sermon-based small groups work. In fact, you can offer great sermon-based small-group guides to your leaders year-round.
This Training Tool will show you how to take your pastor's sermon notes and turn them into easy-to-use guides that can help your small-group leaders facilitate transformational discussions. And it's easier than you might think.
3. Develop a Group Strategy
Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry.
Recent research reveals that less than 50 percent of churches have a well-defined strategy for small-group ministry. Yikes! But we understand—it's really hard to find a structure that fits your context well. Often our first instinct is simply to cut and paste what's working at another church. But then when it fails, we realize it never fit our church to begin with. We'd like to show you a better way. This resource will give you the tools to create a customized strategy for your context. Learn from the experts what it takes to have a thriving ministry and how to get there from your current reality. With their tips, you'll create a structure that not only fits your context, but also meets your goals for group life.
4. Creative Leader Training
Think outside the box and your leaders will want to attend training events.
Regardless of the small-group leader training offered to new leaders at your church, there are issues and needs that come up that require additional training. And many churches like the idea of training events where all the small-group leaders are present. But too often these events are poorly attended and elicit negative feedback from leaders.
In this resource, you'll learn the secrets to holding training events that small-group leaders want to come to. Learn from the experiences of people who have been training leaders for years. Plus, we offer several field-tested activities you can incorporate into your next training event.