Top 10 Small-Group Training Tools of 2017
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Top 10 Small-Group Training Tools of 2017

Our most popular resources of the year—picked by you!
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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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.

Leaders are notorious for serving ourselves into burnout. We neglect our own spiritual health in order to give all we have to the people in our care. But God cares so much more about who we are than what we do—and that includes our work for him. He first and foremost desires an intimate relationship with us. And, quite honestly, we're better leaders when we lead out of an overflow of our personal relationship with Christ.

This training tool is designed to help you lead a meaningful retreat for small-group leaders. 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 leaders 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.

For many of the same reasons, it’s also a great idea to get away with your small group. To plan a day specifically for your group, use Plan a One-Day Retreat for Your Small Group.

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.