Launching Small Groups in a Smaller Church

Launching Small Groups in a Smaller Church

Great advice for the majority of American churches

Studies show that a large majority of churches in the USA are smaller in size—having fewer than 200 members. So what is necessary when it comes to these churches starting a small-groups ministry?

If you are exploring the option of launching a small-groups ministry in your church, you have probably already planned one or more meetings to discuss the option. And that's where this Training Theme can help—it provides a schedule and helpful resources to help your church's leaders think through the issues surrounding a small-groups launch, and what your church should do next.


A Conversation with Chuck Warnock
An experienced practitioner examines the intersection between small churches and small groups.
Interview conducted by Rachel Gilmore


Building a Healthy Small-Group Ministry
Seven important questions you need to consider at the beginning
By Jeff Arnold

Five Essentials for Small-Group Health
How to keep your groups growing vibrantly
By Randall Neighbour

Case Studies

Resurrecting a Dying Ministry
Small groups proved a key element in transforming our stagnant prayer service on Wednesday nights.
By Steve Grusendorf

Encouraging Small-Group Growth
Patience was a virtue for this small church when it came to launching a group for young couples.
By Rachel Gilmore

How-to Articles

Why Small Groups?
The answer might surprise you.
By Dan Lentz

The Benefits of Small Groups in a Smaller Church
The power of accountability, momentum, and missional identity
By Rachel Gilmore

Your First Three Steps
Use these keys to successfully start up a small-groups ministry in a smaller church.
By Joel Comiskey, Ph.D.

Maximize Your Existing Groups
Because they are a great way to seed and support your new small-groups ministry
By Trevor Lee

Overcoming Obstacles
Here are two unique challenges small churches experience when it comes to small-group ministry.
By Tom Bandy


Finding an Elevator Pitch
An easy exercise that will help your group identify the purpose and benefits of your new ministry
By Sam O'Neal


Further Exploration

Retreat Plan

Total number of pages 29

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Eliminate Barriers to Community
Eliminate Barriers to Community
Structure your groups for maximum participation.
Develop a Group Strategy
Develop a Group Strategy
Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry.
The Power of Vision
The Power of Vision
Articulate a clear vision for your ministry and see the amazing results.
What You Can Do to Develop More Women Small-Group Pastors
What You Can Do to Develop More Women Small-Group Pastors
Despite a plethora of female group leaders, few small-group pastors are women.
The Right Way to Do Small Groups
The Right Way to Do Small Groups
What I've learned from years of small group consulting
The Best Way to Do Evangelism Today
The Best Way to Do Evangelism Today
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