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Become a Church of Groups
Become a Church of Groups
Make small groups the core of your church, not just another ministry.
Start Where You Are
Start Where You Are
Before you make a plan, gain a clear picture of your current reality.
The Polarizing Video Bible Study Trend
The Polarizing Video Bible Study Trend
Where do you stand?
Make Your Own Video Bible Studies on a Budget
Make Your Own Video Bible Studies on a Budget
You can make great video-based studies for your church.
The Crack in Your Small-Group Ministry
The Crack in Your Small-Group Ministry
8 tips to ensure that everyone who signs up for small groups gets connected
Healthy Ministries Effectively Communicate with Group Leaders
Healthy Ministries Effectively Communicate with Group Leaders
Multiple ways to keep your leaders in the loop
Resource Review: Starting Small
Resource Review: Starting Small
Gain a practical overview of small-group ministry.
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
How to transition a task group into a community group
Successful Short-Term Groups
Successful Short-Term Groups
Whether you're doing a campaign or trying out some specialty groups, use this resource to make them successful.
Church Planting Wisdom for Small Groups
Church Planting Wisdom for Small Groups
Leading small groups in the Jesus Mission
Share the Ownership
Share the Ownership
Thirteen roles to get everyone involved
Make a Facebook Group for Your Group
Make a Facebook Group for Your Group
The benefits of Facebook groups for small groups
A Church of Varied Small Groups
A Church of Varied Small Groups
Broadening your small-group options is a good thing.
Reasons to Report Group Attendance
Reasons to Report Group Attendance
What group attendance can tell you about group health
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
How to use social media to connect, inform, and mobilize group members
Small-Group Director Orientation Guide
Small-Group Director Orientation Guide
Resources for the person leading the small-group ministry
A Flexible System
A Flexible System
How one church provides a flexible structure for small groups
Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry
Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry
Communicate your message about small groups to church leaders, small-group leaders, and church members in a clear and compelling way.
Effective Online Small Groups
Effective Online Small Groups
It's time to boldly go where few small groups have gone before.
Is Our Church Discipling?
Is Our Church Discipling?
Assess and reflect on your efforts toward fostering growth.
Resource Review: Small Groups with Purpose
Resource Review: Small Groups with Purpose
Steve Gladen's book is a long-awaited addition to the field.
Effective Small Groups for Men
Effective Small Groups for Men
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to a neglected demographic
Resource Review: Connecting in Communities
Resource Review: Connecting in Communities
Eddie Mosley's new book is a welcome tool for pastors and church leaders.
Adding Small Groups to a Sunday-School Church
Adding Small Groups to a Sunday-School Church
Patience, prayer, and planning are vital when taking such a big step.
Small Groups Versus Sunday School
Small Groups Versus Sunday School
Do these vital programs have to be at war?
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Use these helpful guidelines and insider tips to recruit new leaders and group members.
Effective Small Groups for Women
Effective Small Groups for Women
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to an important demographic
How to Build a Group-Life Calendar
How to Build a Group-Life Calendar
And why it's more important than you may think
Twittering Jesus
Twittering Jesus
Social media provides a number of useful tools to small groups and small-group leaders.
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Consider moving beyond age segregation in your church communities.
Spiritual Director: Orientation Guide
Spiritual Director: Orientation Guide
Resources for shepherding, guiding, and providing spiritual care
Planning a Short-Term Missions Trip as a Group
Planning a Short-Term Missions Trip as a Group
Great advice to help you before and during your trip
Keeping Small Groups Safe and Legal
Keeping Small Groups Safe and Legal
Use these forms to help protect your church and your group members.
A Primer on Food-Borne Illness
A Primer on Food-Borne Illness
Make sure your group members are aware of what is safe, and what is not.
Resource Review
Resource Review: "The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry"
Randall Neighbour's book is both provocative and practical.
Starting a New Small Group
Starting a New Small Group
A great guide for first-time group leaders
Taking the Next Step to Serve
Taking the Next Step to Serve
An overview of small-group service projects
Planning a Group Service Project
Planning a Group Service Project
This resource is full of practical tools for both group leaders and church staff.
Four Keys to Customize Your Small-Group Strategy
Four Keys to Customize Your Small-Group Strategy
Use these practical steps to help re-focus your ministry.
Best Church Practices: Small-Group Job Descriptions
Best Church Practices: Small-Group Job Descriptions
Save yourself some time by modifying these job descriptions for small-group roles.
The Power of Alignment
The Power of Alignment
Make sure all the elements of your ministry are pointed in the same direction.
Small-Group Host Orientation Guide
Small-Group Host Orientation Guide
This guide has been specially designed to provide orientation and basic training for your church's small-group hosts.
Effective Affinity Groups
Effective Affinity Groups
Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
Recovery Ministries
Recovery Ministries
Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.
Best Church Practices: Small-Group Ministry
Best Church Practices: Small-Group Ministry
Resources and forms to help you with the administration of small groups
Sermon-Based Small Groups
Sermon-Based Small Groups
Connect your groups with the weekly sermon to maximize the learning and growth in your church.
Small-Group Member Orientation Guide
Small-Group Member Orientation Guide
Help your new and potential group members know what to expect, and what will be expected of them.
Cutting the Cord
Cutting the Cord
Here's how to successfully "birth" a new small group from an existing one.
Sample Form: Church-Wide Announcement for Small Groups
Sample Form: Church-Wide Announcement for Small Groups
Adapt this sample form to announce and promote small groups in your church.
Out of the Holy Huddles and Into the World
Your small groups role in outreach and evangelism
The Makings of a Great Outreach-Focused Group
Helpful advice for starting and maintaining a small group of seekers
Effective Turbo Groups
Effective Turbo Groups
Learn about this method of training several new group leaders at once.
Small-Group Evaluations
Small-Group Evaluations
Make sure your individual groups and overall ministry are healthy.
Small-Group Facilitator Orientation Guide
Small-Group Facilitator Orientation Guide
This guide has been specially designed to provide orientation and basic training for your church's new small-group facilitators and teachers.
Where the Divorced Get More than Sympathy
Where the Divorced Get More than Sympathy
An innovative small-groups ministry for a neglected group of people
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members
Building Community in Children's Ministry
Small groups are an essential part of children's ministry.
The Launch
Use these five steps to launch a successful ministry.
Support Groups May Be Worth the Trouble
A church needs to carefully consider the risks and benefits before launching a group.
Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide
Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide
A helpful overview of the basics of small-group leadership
Developing Mission Communities
Develop small groups that will support each other and go together into serving the world.
How to Have a Prayer Vigil
How to Have a Prayer Vigil
Practical ways to make a prayer vigil a success.
E-Groups
An email small group can be a great solution for those too busy for another meeting.
Nine Ways to Support Your Support Group
Support groups are an essential part of your church's ministry in a world full of hurt.
Drawing Men Into Small Groups
Learn how to develop small groups that will be effective with men.
Cyber Pastors
The internet can be an important tool in the development of effectiveness in small-group ministry.
How to Start an Accountability Group
Practical instruction on how to get an accountability group going and why it is important.
Building (or Rebuilding) a Healthy small-group ministry
Seven questions that will lead to effective small groups.
Why We Let Small-Group Leaders Choose Their Members
Grouping people based on their affinity to each other can lead to strong, long-lasting groups.
Re-Starting Small Groups
A few suggestions to start groups that will last.
Redefining the Perfect Small Group
If you wait for the perfect time to hold small group, you might just not start one.
Welcome to the Neighborhood!
A Discussion with a Neighborhood Group Leader
Reconnecting the Connected
How one church built groups from natural affinity groups.
From Dream to Reality
With intention and perseverance you can begin small groups at your church.
It Could Happen to You!
Apply the success of Saddleback church to your small group program.
A Purpose Beyond The Passion
Five ways your small groups can turn this movie into an opportunity for ministry.
Committed to Community
The desire for genuine community is the strongest motivator for small group involvement, but you have to be willing to commit.
Escaping the Pigeon Hole
Move your church to being a church of small groups.
A Church Craving Community Catches Small Group Fever
The story of a church who found the first thing they needed to do with small groups was to offer them.
Small Groups Built to Last
A few changes in the approach to small-group ministry can make a big difference.
How Long Should Small Groups Meet?
What to consider when launching a group.
Betting the Farm on Small Groups
The reason for making a move to being a cell church is not that it is easier, but because it will be more effective.
Using Midsize Groups to Incubate Small Groups
Develop the idea of small groups among your congregation.
The Transition
Some tips for transitioning adult Sunday School classes into small groups.
Back to the Prototype
Transitioning to neighborhood small groups.
Nine Ways to Support Your Support Group
Starting a support group isn't as intimidating as it sounds.
Recruitment Skit
A skit you can do during service to encourage people to join small groups.
Do We Need a Small Group "Program"?
If small groups are more like organisms than organizations, why do we need a program?
A Road Map to Men's Group Success
How a covenant can help your men's group survive.
Summer Jamboree and Bible study
How to plan a VBS Jamboree and follow-up Bible study group.
Four Ways to Introduce Worship
It doesn't just have to be music.
Blessed to Be a Blessing
How to maintain the focus on evangelism within your group.
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