From Dream to Reality

With intention and perseverance you can begin small groups at your church.

Most leaders who dream of "finding a shepherd for every sheep" find themselves a bit lost when it comes to starting small groups. You're not alone.

At Lifetogether, we say,"Fall is to small group ministry, what Easter is to the church"—that is, if you want to launch a small group ministry, do it in the fall. You can also, of course, start one in January or after Easter, but there's nothing like the fall to give you momentum for the entire school year.

Here are 5 steps to help you turn your dream of starting a small group ministry into a reality.

1. Pray for God to help you gather a few folks to help you. Okay, so that isn't a profound insight. But you can't do it alone. How many do you need? A handful or two … but they need to have the heart for small group ministry—as well as the gift of leadership. They also need a passion for reaching your neighborhood and community for Christ. One more thing: do this with people you like. Make sure you would enjoy having them on your team. This process should be both fruitful and fun.2. Meet with the Senior Pastor or Staff Leadership. You may need to cast the vision for "transforming lives through community." Ask them your pastor or church staff if they would come to your first meeting and listen to a few tapes and review the some ideas about your curriculum. More importantly, ask them to share their dreams about community not only with their congregation but their community for Christ. Just watch their vision rise and ownership increase. If you are the staff leadership, do the same with your volunteer team.3. Develop a simple plan. You may want to listen to our tape series called "Building Lifetogether"—which ...

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