6. Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.
Ministry leaders are no strangers to burnout. Serving and building up the spiritual health of others often leads to neglecting their own needs. But God wants to refresh his children and equip them to serve from their rest in him. This training tool is designed to help the ministry director plan and lead a meaningful retreat for small-group leaders. Gather together for a time of rest, relaxation, and extended time alone with God.
Included are articles and Bible studies to aid in retreat preparation, tips on choosing times and locations, and a participant's guide that will serve as a roadmap for your leaders on the day of the retreat. All the content you need for the retreat is ready for you - just pick a time and place and you're set!
7. Conquer Common Meeting Problems
Say goodbye to low attendance, bad studies, childcare issues, shallow relationships, and more.
You've done all of the hard work: attended leader training, picked a great study, and formed a group of people you're excited to get to know! Then, you start meeting and suddenly wonder why you wanted to be a leader in the first place. You're facing one of these common meeting problems: spotty attendance, a study that falls flat, awkward relationships, or trouble with childcare. Don't freak out - we can help! We've gathered the best advice from our small-group experts to help you get back on track.
8. Launching a Church-Wide Campaign
Practical advice to help your church pull off a campaign.
Organizing and executing a church-wide campaign seems like a daunting task - or at least one that raises a multitude of questions. How do we choose the right material? Can we make our own curriculum based on the pastor's sermons? How do we convince existing small groups to get on board with the campaign? How do we let the congregation know about our plans in a way that gets everyone excited to participate? How do we convince people to join a new small group, and where do we find new leaders? What do we do when the campaign is over?
Take a deep breath - we have answers and practical advice for all the questions and more in this training tool on launching a church-wide campaign.
9. Market Your Small-Group Ministry
Communicate about small groups in a clear, compelling way that draws people into groups.
Small-group point people need an intentional strategy for marketing the small-group ministry. It's not always easy to know where to start, though! Thankfully, we've gathered wisdom from experts like Steve Gladen, Mike Mack, Carter Moss, Will Johnston, and Ben Reed on how to market your ministry effectively. Learn how to develop a marketing plan, communicate effectively, keep small groups in front of your congregation regularly, and pull off a successful campaign.
10. Train Your Group in Relational Evangelism
It's a whole lot simpler than it sounds.
Just the word "evangelism" can send a little chill down the spine of many Christians, but relational evangelism (bringing the hope of Jesus naturally into your relationships) really isn't scary. In fact, it can be really simple. Your group members are in relationships every day - with their family members, coworkers, neighbors, and friends - and you can help train them in easy ways to intentionally incorporate the Good News of Jesus into their relationships. Here's how to get started!