- Have each person identify at least two non-Christians they are praying for (and ask for a progress report every couple months).
- Adopt a needy part of the world, and learn as much as you can. Pray for the country (or countries) and perhaps support a mission there.
- Serve at least quarterly as a group or encourage every group member to serve regularly.
Starting a group is easy, but developing a healthy, vibrant group takes effort and intentionality. Guide your group to become a group that is connecting, changing, and cultivating. As you focus on these big patterns of vibrant small groups, the other aspects of small groups will fall into place.
—Bill Search is author of Simple Small Groups. Copyright 2012 by Christianity Today.
- How can you keep small groups from falling into the categories under "What Small Groups Are Not"?
- Which pattern is most prevalent in your small groups? How can you help groups value the other two?
- What tools can you use to communicate these patterns to group leaders and coaches?