Build RelationshipsBuild Relationships
The Sacrament of Party
The Sacrament of Party
Somewhere along the way, the church lost the art of inviting people to celebrate.
How to Respond to Mental Illness
How to Respond to Mental Illness
Practical, healthy ways to help people in your small group who are affected by mental illness
Fostering the Parent
Fostering the Parent
How a small group cared for a foster mom in the everyday trials of life
11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity
11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity
Stories and tips for coming together in diversity
5 Steps to Get to Know Your Group Members
5 Steps to Get to Know Your Group Members
The elements of story can help you uncover important details about the people in your group.
How Should I Handle Issues with Group Dynamics?
How Should I Handle Issues with Group Dynamics?
Strategically lead your meetings so everyone feels safe, heard, and valued.
What Not to Say to Someone in Crisis
What Not to Say to Someone in Crisis
4 common responses that do more harm than good
Assumptions Make It Hard to Love Group Members
Assumptions Make It Hard to Love Group Members
How to stop your inner judgments and really care for people
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
3 things all groups should consider
Beyond Weekly Meetings
Beyond Weekly Meetings
The real job of a youth ministry small-group leader
The Gift of Listening
The Gift of Listening
Attentive listening is hard work, but it's necessary for healthy community.
Multiethnic Small Groups
Multiethnic Small Groups
Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
Diversity in Community Changes Us
Diversity in Community Changes Us
Why I go to church with white people
Four Levels of Connection for Healthy Groups
Four Levels of Connection for Healthy Groups
Move your group beyond the basics to compelling community.
9 Values Your Small Group Needs to Adopt
9 Values Your Small Group Needs to Adopt
How to experience true biblical community
The Case for Mixed-Gender Small Groups
The Case for Mixed-Gender Small Groups
The compelling witness of men and women together in groups
The Value of Shared Life
The Value of Shared Life
Why we need to value life-on-life relationships more
Shepherd New Believers
Shepherd New Believers
Learn what you can do to steer new believers in your group toward growth.
Conversations that Transform
Conversations that Transform
These communication tips steer people toward change.
How to Make Small Talk Meaningful
How to Make Small Talk Meaningful
Get to know your new group members with these easy tips.
Learning the Patient Way of Jesus
Learning the Patient Way of Jesus
How committing to community helps us grow in patience
Create Safe Places for Questioning
Create Safe Places for Questioning
How your small group can become a welcoming place for people on a journey back to God
Revisit the One Another Commands
Revisit the One Another Commands
28 verses to bring perspective
Develop Real Relationships
Develop Real Relationships
Intentionally build the relationships in your group.
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
How to set the stage for real friendships
I Love Multigenerational Small Groups
I Love Multigenerational Small Groups
What my college experience taught me
Christians at Work
Christians at Work
What it really looks like to unite our jobs and faith
How Long Should Your Group Meetings Last?
How Long Should Your Group Meetings Last?
You'll be surprised by the answer.
Christmas Activities for Your Small Group
Christmas Activities for Your Small Group
Celebrate the season with these festive ideas.
Fall Activities for Your Small Group
Fall Activities for Your Small Group
Take advantage of this fun season.
Make the Most of Task Groups
Make the Most of Task Groups
Teammates can develop meaningful relationships.
Build Real Friendships in Your Group
Build Real Friendships in Your Group
7 steps to cultivate authentic relationships
What Can I Expect from Small Groups?
What Can I Expect from Small Groups?
Walk into your new group with realistic expectations.
Forming an Inclusive Community
Forming an Inclusive Community
God opens his arms wide and so should we.
5 Reasons Your Group Should Be More Fun
5 Reasons Your Group Should Be More Fun
Don't miss this important aspect of group life.
Create a Safe Environment in Your Small Group
Create a Safe Environment in Your Small Group
Modeling, confidentiality, and other tips to create safety
Help Group Members Face Difficult Holidays
Help Group Members Face Difficult Holidays
Bring comfort on Mother's Day and Father's Day to those who have lost parents.
Caring for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
Caring for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
Why church involvement is key to healing
Your Small Group Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness
Your Small Group Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness
Make your group welcoming and safe for all.
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
A mixture of spiritual maturity can help small-group members move closer to God and to one another.
My Journey from Extinction to Life
My Journey from Extinction to Life
Small groups brought me hope and healing when I was desperate.
Messier than Expected
Messier than Expected
What happens when a small group takes ownership of missional living
Explore Identity and Purpose
Explore Identity and Purpose
Help emerging adults discover what life is all about.
Make a Facebook Group for Your Group
Make a Facebook Group for Your Group
The benefits of prviate online connections for small groups
I'm Dreaming of a ... Small Group
I'm Dreaming of a ... Small Group
How small groups can help the lonely during the holiday season
Multigenerational Small Groups
Multigenerational Small Groups
Engaging multiple generations in one group
Loving Our Neighbors
Loving Our Neighbors
Missional living is all about presence with those in our circles of influence.
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
How to set healthy boundaries with group members
Are We Building Accountability?
Are We Building Accountability?
Determine whether you've created a safe environment and modeled accountability well.
Dealing with the Mess of Community
Dealing with the Mess of Community
Three things to keep in mind
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
How to use social media to connect, inform, and mobilize group members
Using Social Media Well
Using Social Media Well
Three keys to success
Creating a Community of Care
Creating a Community of Care
Five tips for a more caring small group
The Best Season of All
The Best Season of All
In defense of meeting in the summer
Let God's Love Overflow
Let God's Love Overflow
Small groups can serve the community in unique ways.
Our Bodies Are Fundamental
Our Bodies Are Fundamental
Why our physical presence matters
Thinking Outside the Two-Hour Meeting
Thinking Outside the Two-Hour Meeting
True community is 24/7—not just Tuesdays at 7:00
Staying Connected to Your Church
Staying Connected to Your Church
Tools for getting and keeping your small groups connected to your church's mission
Why "One Another" Is Important to Understand
Why "One Another" Is Important to Understand
Digging into the meaning of "one another"
Keeping Community Central
Keeping Community Central
Having small groups doesn't mean you're doing this.
The Art of Making Conversation
The Art of Making Conversation
Five tips on improving this important skill
Are We Building Trust?
Are We Building Trust?
Assessing the level of trust in your small group
Christmas Ideas for Your Small Group
Christmas Ideas for Your Small Group
Intentionally incorporating the season into your group
Small Group Ground Rules
Small Group Ground Rules
Six things to discuss as a group so you're all on the same page
Eliminating the Walls between Insider and Outsider Activities
Eliminating the Walls between Insider and Outsider Activities
Inviting unbelievers to fully participate in our group life can be our best witness.
Group Leader Assessment: Building Relationships
Group Leader Assessment: Building Relationships
How rock-solid are the bonds between your group members?
Nine Principles of Relational Evangelism
Nine Principles of Relational Evangelism
And all of them great items for discussion in your group.
Understand the Value of Commitment
Understand the Value of Commitment
Here's how to fully participate in the life of your small group.
Why "Making Room" Is Not Enough
Why "Making Room" Is Not Enough
It's vital that we don't lose sight of our new group members.
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Why Caring Is Key
Why Caring Is Key
Important information for those who want newcomers to join their group
Grace: How Affordable Is It?
Grace: How Affordable Is It?
And, as a leader, are you willing to pay the price?
The Power of Active Listening
The Power of Active Listening
Learn a skill that is necessary for all small-group leaders.
Making Small Groups Fun!
Making Small Groups Fun!
It's not just a good idea; it's necessary.
An Open Letter to Small-Group Pastors
An Open Letter to Small-Group Pastors
Why you need to focus on fun with your small groups, and how to actually do it
Come One, Come All
Come One, Come All
Small groups are for all broken people, including the physically challenged
Loving Those You Disagree With
Loving Those You Disagree With
A helpful reminder from the practices of John Wesley and the early Methodists
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.
Small Groups and Reality TV
Small Groups and Reality TV
What bad television can teach us about good community
Small Groups as Community
Small Groups as Community
Here is a deeper look at what it really means to live as "community."
All Different Parts
All Different Parts
Utilizing the Body of Christ in your small group
The Value of Relational Intelligence
The Value of Relational Intelligence
A new way for leaders to understand the people around them
Adding Value to Your Group Members
Adding Value to Your Group Members
Here is an important job for any small-group leader.
Helping Guests Feel Warm and Welcome
Helping Guests Feel Warm and Welcome
These helpful hints are applicable (and useful) for any small group.
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
Understanding the Connecting Continuum
Understanding the Connecting Continuum
Three stages of relationship formation that are important to every group
The Sacred Roads of Discipleship
The Sacred Roads of Discipleship
An interview with pastor and author Heather Zempel
The Benefits of Transparency
The Benefits of Transparency
Transparency among members is a pivot on which an effective small group turns.
Crafting a Vision for Community
Crafting a Vision for Community
Here's what Clint Eastwood and Rambo were missing.
Resource Review: <em>Sacred Roads</em>
Resource Review: Sacred Roads
A new study from Heather Zempel explores the historic paths of discipleship.
Basic Strategies for Authentic Christian Community
Basic Strategies for Authentic Christian Community
Tips that can improve the atmosphere of new and veteran small groups
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Take your group to new levels of worship and praise.
Permission to Be Real
Permission to Be Real
Helping people open up is a valuable skill for small-group leaders.
Be a Model of Authenticity
Be a Model of Authenticity
Why group leaders have a critical role in small-group dynamics
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 2)
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 2)
Several strategies that can help your groups really connect
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 1)
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 1)
Several strategies that can help your groups really connect
On Small Groups and Friendship
On Small Groups and Friendship
Relationships are a key ingredient to small-group life, but we need to understand how they work and what limits are involved.
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Computer-based training to help your groups avoid an inward shift
When You Have an Open Door
When You Have an Open Door
Here's how to incorporate new members into an existing small group.
Small (Group) Wonders
Small (Group) Wonders
A single woman's encounter with a group full of couples
Creating Authentic Fellowship in Small Groups
Creating Authentic Fellowship in Small Groups
It's not as easy as it sounds, but it can be done.
The Journey into Authenticity
The Journey into Authenticity
How fear and spontaneity play into almost any small group
Making Relational Deposits
Making Relational Deposits
"Relational banking" can help you go way beyond "just getting it done"
Community as Crucible
Community as Crucible
Exploring the cost and value of community
Hospitality in Small Groups
Hospitality in Small Groups
How to help your group members feel at home
Are You Feeling "At Home" in Your Small Group?
Are You Feeling "At Home" in Your Small Group?
Examine these four levels of fellowship with God and others to see where you stand.
A Safe Place to Heal
A Safe Place to Heal
Participating in community is vital for those who have been spiritually damaged.
Planning a Group Service Project
Planning a Group Service Project
This resource is full of practical tools for both group leaders and church staff.
Beans and Greens
Beans and Greens
A look back at the covered-dish lunch
Restoring the Relational Church (part 2)
Restoring the Relational Church (part 2)
How church leaders can move from "meeting" in community to "living" in community.
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Everything you need to tackle issues with group dynamics
Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)
Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)
How church leaders can move from "meeting" in community to "living" in community.
Choosing Trust
Choosing Trust
Why the hardest decision in a small group is also the most important
Resource Review: "Finding the Flow"
Resource Review: "Finding the Flow"
Finally, a book on community life that is designed for group leaders
Sharing a Meal
Sharing a Meal
Take a minute to consider this natural and effective tool for building community.
Bringing Christian Community into Subcultures
Bringing Christian Community into Subcultures
How to make the most of the groups you already enjoy
The Odd Bunch
The Odd Bunch
How to include a small group that doesn't naturally fit with the rest of your church.
Recovery Ministries
Recovery Ministries
Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Help your groups find and maintain authentic relationships and spiritual growth.
Finding True Fellowship
Finding True Fellowship
Biblical fellowship between believers should break the surface.
Pay Attention to Details
Pay Attention to Details
Why the little things make a big difference in your group experience.
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Includes tips for singing and other methods of connecting with and praising God
Building a Culture of Discipleship
Building a Culture of Discipleship
Encourage your entire congregation to grow spiritually as a community.
Never Underestimate the Importance of a Good Party
Never Underestimate the Importance of a Good Party
The value of social gatherings in a small-groups ministry
Say No to Icebreakers
Say No to Icebreakers
Consider switching your focus from breaking ice to making community.
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.
Mentoring in Community
Mentoring in Community
How to become a connecting ligament in your group
Encouraging "Next Steps" for Your Group Members
Encouraging "Next Steps" for Your Group Members
Setting a goal for spiritual maturity and a realistic pace for spiritual growth
Community: Past, Present, and Future
Community: Past, Present, and Future
What the Society page reveals about our need for each other
Creating Community
Creating Community
A free resource to boost the connections within your church family
Worship in Small Groups
Worship in Small Groups
Why it's vital that your group maintain an upward connection with the Almighty
Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
How to handle difficult relationships in your small group
Making Your Small Groups Models of Evangelism
How to excel at the most difficult of your church's five purposes
Upside-Down Assimilation
Moving people from outreach small groups to the larger church community
Having a Good Cry
Having a Good Cry
Learn to deal honestly and openly with strong emotions in your small group.
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members
Sensational Community
Building community that connects with emerging generations.
Small Group Community
A church program or an emerging missional organism
Small Groups and the Emerging Church
Don't miss the forest for the trees.
Facilitating Lively Discussions
Learn from these often-overlooked keys to making the most of your small-group lesson.
Three Reasons Why You Need Community to Flourish
Are you consciously cultivating community?
Holistic Small Groups are not Perfect Groups
Small groups are places where broken people are in the process of becoming whole.
Leading the Super Mixed Group
A few guidelines for leading a group of extremely diverse people.
One Anothers vs. Curriculum
Develop an agenda strategy that takes one-anothers into consideration.
Cultivating A Caring Atmosphere In Your Group
A critical factor in establishing a motivational small group climate is caring.
Cultivate a Disciple-Making Environment
You can create the right environment for a healthy group.
The Life We Share
An A-Z guide for what believers share.
Community: The Wellspring of Spiritual Disciplines
A list of key spiritual disciplines that can be exercised in community, result in life-transformation, and keep your small groups and church on mission.
Is the Church Driving a Wedge In Our Families?
An alternative to the segregated small group.
Family Friendly Small Groups
The small groups would seem to be the ideal place for families to come together.
Children and Community
The many ways to include children in your community life.
Breaking and Entering
True friendships take time and commitment.
Change the World by Meeting People and Walking With Them
Spending time knowing others, and letting them into your life and fellowship, will show them God.
Midsize groups and Small groups … Perfect Together!
Give the option for people to connect where they fit the best.
Breakthrough Moments that Transform the Group
By creating community, focusing on Jesus, and accepting each other, we can foster breakthrough moments that spur us towards deeper fellowship.
The Art Of Group Prayer
Lead your group in praying biblically.
No More Mr. Nice Group
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite sharing to the disciplines that change lives.
Conducting Acts Of Hospitality
How to make serving the community an effective part of your ministry.
Got Small Groups?
People naturally and automatically seek out relationships.
Building Community
Why "funnel strategies” are incomplete
American Idol
Top 10 signs your group has been watching way too much American Idol.
When Smaller Is Better
Sometimes issues arise in small groups that are best resolved by breaking into even smaller groups.
Survivor Kit
Top 10 items in your Small-Group Leader survival kit.
Why People's Stories Matter
Sharing life's imperfect stories deepens your fellowship and your walk with God.
Telling Stories To Build Community
Doctrine may spur constructive debate, but nothing stirs the heart like a story.
This is my Story…This is my Song!
When group members have struggled with life and trusted God, regardless of the outcome, a powerful testimony develops.
Building Community By Sharing Your Story
Telling life stories is one of the best ways to continually grow a group towards maturity in Christ.
Shepherding Group Members
Shepherding Group Members
Practical training that helps leaders embrace their role as shepherd
I Resign!
Top 10 complaints in your group leader's resignation letter.
What Are they Doing?
Top 10 things your neighbors think goes on in your small group.
Why Make Space for Small Groups?
Discipleship is not something that we do to other people; discipleship is what we do with other believers.
Meeting Special Needs
There are several practical ways you can include people with special needs in your group.
Welcoming Children Into Community
Sunday is my son's favorite day, because he gets to worship in community.
Long Distance Community
Visiting non-believing family can be difficult, but that's what community is for.
Beat the Heat
Top 10 signs your group has gone too far to beat the summer heat.
What Would a Well-tracked Small Group Ministry Look Like?
Don't let people fall through the cracks of your small group ministry.
The Power of Small Group Statistics
Statistics force us to see the reality of what's occurring in our small groups program.
Small-Group Leaders Know Their Group Members
When a group leader knows their members, they're better able to spur them on towards spiritual maturity.
Star Wars
Top 10 ways your group is like a Star Wars movie.
Groundbreaking Community
Faith grows in the presence of faithful people.
New Entry Doors
Small groups can serve as a powerful entrance into Christian community.
Seeker Small Groups
Engaging spiritual seekers in life-changing discussions
Small Groups – The New Front Door
Non-Christians can encounter God through witnessing oneness among Christians within small groups.
Patterns
Humans need to experience belonging in four spheres: public, social, personal, and intimate.
The Mystery of Community
In a world ravaged by the Fall, there are three bedrock realities to cling to as we experience the varying levels of community.
The Springboard for Deeper Relationships, Not the Whole Pool!
Just as Sunday morning cannot meet all of our spiritual needs, our small groups cannot meet all of our fellowship needs.
Winning In Life Together
Living life in relationship with others is God's pathway for living a life of purpose.
Afraid
Top 10 reasons your pastor is afraid to come back to your small group.
100 Percent Community
How one church connected an entire congregation through small groups.
Transformation Takes Time
Follow these steps to lead people down the path of continued spiritual growth.
Christmas Party
Top 10 lessons learned from last year's group Christmas party.
Loving the unlovable.
A small group works through their past hurts together.
Making Your Group Real "Friends"
Follow these principles to help people fulfill their longing for true community.
Surprised by Hospitality
Without hospitality, discipleship cannot flourish.
Back to the Homes?
Showing hospitality in your home is one of the most strategic ministries you can have.
Hospitality Begins Now
Small groups need to provide an atmosphere conducive to new friendships and sharing.
Ten Tips for Hospitality
Hospitality can make or break your small group's evangelism.
Refreshing a Servant's Heart
Serving together as a small group can make a big impact.
Changing Lines Into Circles
Integrate your relationships to make them more effective.
God's Physical Arms
The members of a woman's small group show exceptional care during a difficult time.
Filling the Empty Fridge
One small group grew closer by meeting each other's needs.
Keeping it REAL
Getting back to relationships in small group ministry
Affinity
Only a stepping stone on the journey to oneness and embracing our commission
Connecting through Intergenerational Community
Intergenerational community can be the family that the lonely people in our churches need.
Dr. Phil
Top 10 things Dr. Phil would say if he came to your group.
Marrying Small Groups and the Sunday School …An Emerging Trend
Combine biblical teaching with strong community.
To Pray Is to Care
How a small group cared for a member battling cancer.
Learning a New Lifestyle
A Bible study group led a young woman to Christ through their love and acceptance.
From Clique to Community
How to keep your small groups from turning into cliques.
Common Myths of Belonging
The emerging church is redefining community, relationships, intimacy, and small groups.
More Is More When Less Is More
Why not have both large groups and small groups in the same meeting?
Try A Small-Group Sandwich!
By sandwiching coed times with gender exclusive times, it is possible to gain the profits of both.
Bad Days Are Sometimes The Best Days
Small groups can be a great place for learning lessons about life.
Create a Caring Church
How to create small groups that really care for each other.
Authentic Biblical Communities – Going to the Next Level
After laying the foundation, we saw the need to develop a platform to encourage our people to continue to live a life of purpose.
The Real Relationships We All Want
Authentic love for each other will draw others to your group.
God’s Sixteen Guidelines For Building Great Community
Biblical guidelines for creating community.
Kids
Top 10 things your kids say to their friends about your small group.
Now What?
We got a lot of people into small groups—what do we do now?
Christmas List
Top 10 unusual things on your leader's Christmas list
Who's the "Norm" of Your Group?
What values does your group embrace?
Locked Out
Top 10 reasons your group is locked out of the host home
Emails from the Apostle Paul
An innovative way to spur your congregation towards evangelism
Front Porch Community
People need to belong in a number of different ways.
Creating Team Players
Learn how to get everyone in a small group participating.
Divide, Connect and Grow
Dividing large groups into smaller ones for discussion and prayer can enliven the entire group.
Developing People
The most important thing you do as a leader is develop other people.
Build Community Through Communion
Bring depth to a small group by participating in Communion together.
Life Support
The story of a group that cared for a couple in their small group during the wife's illness.
7 Tips To Modeling Prayer For Your Group
How to make prayer a central part of small groups.
From Seeker to Believer
God can use a group's ability to be open to new people.
Relationships That Last
Good relationships begin by someone being welcoming.
The First Meeting
Top 10 things heard in the car by a couple on the way home from their first small group meeting
Sermon Titles
Top 10 rejected sermon titles used by Small Group Pastors when their Senior Pastor is on vacation!
Connecting the Unconnected
Strategies for moving people into groups.
Stop the Drift!
Don’t drift away from the mission of creating disciples.
Evening News
Top 10 reasons your Small-Group Leader is being interviewed on the evening news
Student Small Groups at the Core
The kingdom of God is about relationships.
Spiritual Direction
Implement the accountability factor in your group.
Apostolic Icebreakers
Top 10 icebreakers the disciples would use at their small group meetings.
Marriage-Friendly Small Groups
Several tips to help your small group towards the goal of strengthening marriages and families.
Intergenerational Small Groups Mobilize Families
In an intergenerational setting, people of all ages can get the support and mentoring that they need.
A Family Affair
Ideas to help your ministry build stronger marriages and families.
The CIA
Top 10 signs that your new visitor is actually a CIA agent spying on your group.
Your Small Group and Your Family
Your small group and your family are ministries that God has given you; use them together.
Kids and Small Groups—Handling Difficult Children
Children have the same needs as adults in many areas of their lives.
Creating Community in Our Communities
Equipping and encouraging people to pursue intimacy with God, community with believers, and influence with nonbelievers.
From Large to Small Groups
In the US, many people prefer to begin in large group gatherings, and then move on to small group community.
From Anonymity to Intimacy
If anonymity is a person's goal, small groups can be threatening; here's how to make them less so.
The Church's Secret Weapon
Encouragement is a major part of the Christian Job description.
Tools that Help Small Groups Keep an Outward Focus
Ways to keep your small group from becoming cliquish.
Community Standards
Authentic relationships are essential to small group—and individual—life.
Circles of Indemnity
God has called us to surround one another in the midst of our circumstances.
Loving Beyond Barriers
Ways you can extend the hand of fellowship beyond the perimeter of your group.
Building the Dynamics of the "One Another’s"
Real community is going to be tough at times.
Community with a Purpose
God gave us the gift of community to meet our needs.
Small Group Support and Recovery – A Case Study of Judas vs. Peter
Having the support you need can make a world of difference.
Making the Family a Priority in Small Groups
Family care is at the center of what we're trying to achieve in small groups.
Give The Meeting A Break And Let Group Life Begin
Sometimes it's essential to take a break in order to practice what you're learning.
Group Evaluation and Celebration
Group Evaluation and Celebration
Plan to conclude your year with your group in a positive way.
Worship and Small Groups
Worship is the heart and soul of small groups.
Discovering Spiritual Gifts in the Small Group Setting
Small group members can provide valuable insight when assessing an individual's spiritual gifts.
Spiritual Gifts and Small Group Life
I believe that small groups are the best place to practice spiritual gifts.
How Small Groups "Discover" Spiritual Gifts
It is in the Body of Christ—in community and at work—that we discern our gifts.
A Church WITH Small Groups
Through small groups and other mid-size ministries, everyone can experience more in-depth community.
Ministering to Children & Youth in a Two-Chop Stick Church
We believe that children and youth are an integral part of the church now—not just in the future.
Developing Small Group Accountability
Creating a "safe place" where people can truly open up and share at a deep intimate level is an important step in developing real intimacy in small group community.
Resolutions Worth Making … and Keeping
It's easier to keep resolutions when you're in community than if you're going at it alone.
The Freedom that Comes from Vulnerability
Experiencing love from those who know our imperfections is a very powerful thing.
Expose Your Thorn in the Flesh
Being honest about your own shortcomings can be encouraging to those you're leading.
Rolling Out the Welcome Mat
There are many people groups and sub-cultures right around us that we can invite into our group life.
Hobbies
Top 10 ways to incorporate your leader's hobbies into small group meetings
Duct Tape
Top 10 uses for duct tape at your meeting.
The Ride Home
Top 10 things that make for a "great" ride home with your spouse.
Three Keys Open the Door to Small Groups
Small group mission can be summed up in three concepts: root, one another, and walk.
The Friendly Group
Top 10 ways to make your group more friendly.
Becoming More Obedient to God's Word . . . Not Just Smarter
The big difference between large-group gatherings and a small group is accountability.
Bringing Your Bible Study to Life
How group role playing can change the way we view Bible stories.
Don't Lose Control of Your Group, Recovenant!
Revisiting your group covenant can ensure that needs continue to be met.
Get Your Group to Loosen Up
Humor can help bring your group closer, and reveal biblical truths.
Testimonies from Your Home Group
Small groups and my spiritual pilgrimage
Prayer Power
Group prayer is powerful; don't let it become dry and meaningless.
Breaking Up Hard Soil
Advice for how to meet neighbors in an unfriendly area.
Six Ways to Serve Your Community
Is your group looking for creative way to serve your community?
Be a Friend of Sinners
The front door of the church is the front door of every person's home.
Intergenerational Cell Groups
Every child can live a full Christian life.
Overcoming Excuses
Overcoming Excuses
It's hard for people to believe we want them in heaven if we don't want them in our living room.
Open Home, Open Hearts
By providing a comfortable atmosphere where Christianity is lived out and where non-Christians feel at ease, homes can be great tools for bringing people to Christ.
Small Group Atmosphere
Atmosphere is important to aiding interaction in a small group.
The King Is Alive
Top 10 things Elvis would say if he showed up at your group.
God's Invited Guests
Do you remember the first time you were invited to a small group?
The Art of Invitation
Not sure how to invite people to your group? Here are some tips.
April Fools!
Top 10 April Fools' Day jokes to play on your group.
New Years
Top 10 wacky new year's eve/day small group ideas.
Ideas for Shepherding a Group
Easy ways to encourage and uplift your group.
What's the age limit for small group participation?
Make inclusion of older adults an intentional part of your small group planning and implementation.
Building Accountability
A list of suggestions to build accountability in your small group.
How to Help Group Members Embrace Intimacy
If you go slowly, intimacy will happen naturally.
Do Something That Will Outlast You
Discipling individuals is primary; leading groups and teaching the crowds is secondary.
Fellowship: Five Ways to Help Your Group Jell
People need a place where they belong.
Community Building Ideas
Ten ideas for building deeper community in your group.
Making Your Group Better
Can't seem to find the right group? Maybe you're what's missing.
How Small Groups Build Community
Fellowship does happen when we come face to face with one another—and with God
Clancy Cliché—The Person Who Uses Jargon
How to draw a specific answer out of someone who's fluent in Christianese.
Willy Wrong—The Person Who Doesn't Understand
How can you help Willy correct his thinking without embarassing him?
Emphasize Service in Your Group
Demonstrate the love of Jesus through service.
Prescriptions for a Healthy Group
Is your group at a health risk?
Successful Home Cell Groups
An oldie, but a goodie, about the cell group movement.
Yolanda Yawner—The Bored Person
How do you approach the person who's obviously bored?
Peter Problem—The Emotionally Disturbed Person
How to handle a member with clinical emotional or psychological difficulty.
Community Blitzing
Create community quickly within your group.
Donna Dogmatic—The Legalistic Person
How can you offer constructive criticism to the person who's always right?
Yes! You Can Worship in Your Small Group
How to bring music into your small group time.
Worship and Prayer: The Power Behind Small Group Ministry
Prayer and worship invite God's presence into the group.
Stanley Spiritual—The "Super-Spiritual" Person
How to talk to the person whose approach is intimidating your group.
Opened or Closed?
Small groups can meet one another's needs and reach out to others.
Building Dynamic Community
Form must always follow function.
Relationships: What It's All About
You can't lead if you don't know your group.
Roles People Play
The principle of synergy can work for your group.
Starting Small Groups—and Keeping Them Going
A "nuts and bolts" small group book