Practical Ministry Skills
Small-Group Ministry Metrics
Small-Group Ministry Metrics
Measure what matters.
Create Sermon-Based Studies
Create Sermon-Based Studies
How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
Organize Your Ministry
Organize Your Ministry
The right structure will allow your ministry to thrive and grow.
Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders
Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders
Practices that can provide focus and refreshment for small-group ministry leaders
Group Discipleship Strategies
Group Discipleship Strategies
Holistic discipleship in small groups is possible.
Eliminate Barriers to Community
Eliminate Barriers to Community
Structure your groups for maximum participation.
Engage Your Community
Engage Your Community
Discover the real needs of your community, and make a plan that fits your group.
Develop a Group Strategy
Develop a Group Strategy
Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry
Effective Student Groups
Effective Student Groups
Disciple the students in your ministry through intentional small groups.
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.
Multiethnic Small Groups
Multiethnic Small Groups
Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
Maximize Your Time for a Thriving Small-Group Ministry
Maximize Your Time for a Thriving Small-Group Ministry
Learn how to do more with less time.
Conquer Common Meeting Problems
Conquer Common Meeting Problems
Say goodbye to low attendance, bad studies, childcare issues, shallow relationships, and more.
Become a Church of Groups
Become a Church of Groups
Make small groups the core of your church, not just another ministry.
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Help your group members discover and use their spiritual gifts.
Shepherd New Believers
Shepherd New Believers
Learn what you can do to steer new believers in your group toward growth.
Healthy Leadership
Healthy Leadership
Your ministry is far too important to handle as an unhealthy leader.
Develop Real Relationships
Develop Real Relationships
Intentionally build the relationships in your group.
Empower Small-Group Leaders
Empower Small-Group Leaders
Release your leaders to lead without micromanaging or giving total freedom.
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Get everyone involved in meaningful, fruitful discussions.
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups
How to transition a task group into a community group
Effectively Confront Leaders
Effectively Confront Leaders
Learn how to address issues in a healthy, biblical way.
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.
Create a Compelling Vision
Create a Compelling Vision
Assess and revamp your current ministry vision, or create one from scratch.
Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Communicate about small groups in a clear, compelling way that draws people into groups.
When and How to End Well
When and How to End Well
Learn how to end your group in a healthy way.
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Fresh ideas for digging into God's Word together
Avoiding Burnout
Avoiding Burnout
Leadership and burnout don't have to be synonymous.
Leading Outside the Box
Leading Outside the Box
Simple, practical ideas for mixing up your small-group meetings
Find the Right Study for Your Group
Find the Right Study for Your Group
Practical tips so you'll never dread finding a study again
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
How to set healthy boundaries with group members
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry
How to use social media to connect, inform, and mobilize group members
The First Meeting
The First Meeting
How to start strong
Leading 101
Leading 101
The basics of leading a small group
Creative Leader Training
Creative Leader Training
Think outside the box and your leaders will want to attend training events.
Making a Case for Small Groups
Making a Case for Small Groups
Gain practical tips for helping others understand the value of small groups
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Ministering to the life stage of 18- to 30-year-olds
Birthing Groups Well
Birthing Groups Well
Learn how to birth in a healthy, caring way.
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners
Teaching a critical relationship skill
Physical Presence Matters
Physical Presence Matters
Face to face time is important and small groups can help meet this need.
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.
Staying Connected to Your Church
Staying Connected to Your Church
Tools for getting and keeping your small groups connected to your church's mission
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Practical information and tips to faithfully interpret Scripture together
Accountability for Church Leaders
Accountability for Church Leaders
Why and how to embrace this vital part of Christian life and leadership
Ministering to Struggling Small-Group Leaders
Ministering to Struggling Small-Group Leaders
A practical guide on preventing issues, dealing with specific struggles, and handling difficult conversations.
Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups
Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups
Take your group deeper by practicing together.
Recruiting Reluctant Small-Group Leaders
Recruiting Reluctant Small-Group Leaders
Expert advice on a difficult (but rewarding) job
Launching a Lay Counseling Ministry
Launching a Lay Counseling Ministry
Ministering to hurting people is an important part of any church.
Effective Online Small Groups
Effective Online Small Groups
It's time to boldly go where few small groups have gone before.
Effective Small Groups for Men
Effective Small Groups for Men
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to a neglected demographic
Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams
Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams
Sharpen your spiritual focus with these eight readings.
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Overcoming Growth Plateaus
Overcoming Growth Plateaus
Practical guidance for numerical and spiritual stagnation.
Making Small Groups Fun!
Making Small Groups Fun!
It's not just a good idea; it's necessary.
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies
Use these helpful guidelines and insider tips to recruit new leaders and group members.
Launching a Church-Wide Campaign
Launching a Church-Wide Campaign
Yes, your church can pull it off!
Effective Small Groups for Women
Effective Small Groups for Women
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to an important demographic
Revolutionary Prayer in Your Small Group
Revolutionary Prayer in Your Small Group
It doesn't have to be boring or ineffective; it can be great.
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Consider moving beyond age segregation in your church communities.
Finding, Recruiting, and Training an Apprentice
Finding, Recruiting, and Training an Apprentice
It's both easier and harder than it sounds.
Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study
Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study
Work with the Holy Spirit to help your group members become more like Christ.
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
Starting a House Church
Starting a House Church
Helpful advice from experienced leaders in the simple-church movement
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Teaching in Smaller Groups
Guidance for teaching in a Bible study, small group, or Sunday school class.
How to Prepare for a Bible Study
How to Prepare for a Bible Study
Practical tips for adapting an existing study or writing your own
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Your Small Group
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Your Small Group
You and your group members could use a break.
Hospitality in Small Groups
Hospitality in Small Groups
How to help your group members feel at home
Planning a Group Service Project
Planning a Group Service Project
This resource is full of practical tools for both group leaders and church staff.
Casting a Vision for Small Groups
Casting a Vision for Small Groups
Use these step-by-step resources to successfully spread the word in your church.
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
How to build and maintain a strong foundation for community ministry
Grow the Number of Small Groups in Your Church
Grow the Number of Small Groups in Your Church
Using addition and multiplication to expand your ministry
Effective Affinity Groups
Effective Affinity Groups
Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
Reviving a Dying Small Group
Reviving a Dying Small Group
Use these resources to perform small-group CPR.
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Help your groups find and maintain authentic relationships and spiritual growth.
Discussing Doctrine and Theology
Discussing Doctrine and Theology
Several key tools to help you stay afloat when the conversation goes deep
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Meaningful Worship in Small Groups
Includes tips for singing and other methods of connecting with and praising God
Small-Group Assimilation Strategies
Small-Group Assimilation Strategies
Bring church members into your groups, and group members into your church.
Coaching Small-Group Leaders
Coaching Small-Group Leaders
Practical advice for those who train, support, and encourage small-group leaders
Answering Tough Questions
Answering Tough Questions
How to handle seven difficult questions that are likely to pop up in your small group
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly
Recruiting New Small-Group Leaders
Recruiting New Small-Group Leaders
Find the right people to lead your groups.
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.
Ministering to Difficult Group Members
Ministering to Difficult Group Members
How to effectively lead a group without letting members' quirks get you off track
Effective Turbo Groups
Effective Turbo Groups
Learn about this method of training several new group leaders at once.
Soul Care
Soul Care
Principles and practices to care for your soul and your group members' souls
Become a Great Listener
Become a Great Listener
Practical tips for working on this essential leadership skill
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members
Go Deeper with God
Go Deeper with God
Help your group connect with God through the ancient practices of contemplative prayer and lectio divina.
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study
How to move your group below the surface