5. Orientation Guides
Resources for specific roles in small-group ministry from director to leader
Getting started as a brand-new small-group director, coach, or leader is no small task. That's why we created our popular orientation guides. These guides, each for a specific role in the ministry, lay out job descriptions, key knowledge, and even encouragement for leaders as they get started. They're the perfect place to start on our site. We also offer our two most popular guides in Spanish: small-group director and small-group leader.
6. Ministering to Difficult Group Members
How to effectively lead a group without letting members' quirks get you off track
Leading a group seems so honorable, grand, and life-changing—until you run into difficult group dynamics. It's amazing how the actions of one person can dramatically alter the group. One person giving a little too much advice, one person talking a little too much, and the whole group is affected. Despite all the work you've put in to create a safe environment, it can all come crashing down when difficult group dynamics reign. And that's exactly why you need to learn how to address the issues. This resource will give you the tools you need to keep your group healthy and on track—even when you have some interesting group dynamics at work.
7. Leading 101
The basics of leading a small group
There's a reason college students are required to take 101 classes—they set a foundation for more in-depth classes they'll take later. These classes give the basics and serve as a survival guide for the subject. When small-group leaders begin their first groups, they need a 101 class, too. That isn't to say they won't ever need more in-depth training, but they need a base—something to help them get off to a great start and navigate the responsibilities of their role.
That's exactly what this resource is designed to do. This incredible resource gathers some of our best articles for small-group leaders. Learn how to prepare for group meetings, lead discussions, handle challenging group dynamics, welcome new members, and apprentice new leaders. Use this resource to train yourself, or use it with the small-group leaders you coach. Either way, it's a valuable resource.
8. Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Communicate about small groups in a clear, compelling way that draws people into groups.
Whether you're just starting your ministry, relaunching it, or simply continuing a healthy ministry, small-group point people need an intentional strategy for marketing the small-group ministry. Experts like Steve Gladen, Mike Mack, Carter Moss, Will Johnston, and Ben Reed have contributed to this incredible resource, sharing the wisdom they've gained from leading small-group ministries. Learn how to develop a marketing plan, communicate effectively, keep small groups in front of your congregation regularly, and pull off a successful campaign.
9. Plan a One-Day Retreat for Your Small Group
You and your group members could use a break.
Your small group deserves a break, and this training tool is designed to show you how to organize a one-day retreat. You'll find articles and Bible studies to prepare you for a retreat, tips on preparing a time and place, and even a participant's guide that will serve as a roadmap for your group members on the day of the retreat. The content for the retreat is all ready for you—you just need to pick a day and location.