Small Groups Small Group ModelsSmall Group Models
Description
Groups form around specific interests, topics, or affinities. The goal is to transform an interest group into a spiritual community through relationships and spiritual practices. Groups may be large or small, and topics are developed by the leader.

A key assumption behind this model is that people don't want to be told what to do. They want choices. Another assumption is that, like businesses in a free-market economy, healthy groups will flourish while unhealthy groups will die. As a result, churches should encourage a diversity of small groups and allow things to thrive or whither naturally.
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: Starting a group is easy, and groups are ideally formatted for fellowship and relational development.

Strength 2: Effective for evangelism because the groups are organized around hobbies or common interests.

Strength 3: Leaders form the vision for their groups based on their own individual passions and skills, rather than adapting to the church's vision.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: A broad definition of small groups can over-inflate the number of people actually participating in meaningful discipleship.

Weakness 2: Groups may not be focused on spiritual formation and growth.

Weakness 3: Groups are often transitory, which can be a detriment to any genuine intimacy and connection between members.

Bring Structure to Your Ministry
Bring Structure to Your Ministry
Everything you need for the behind-the-scenes work of small-group ministry
Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies
Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies
How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
Develop a Small-Group Strategy
Develop a Small-Group Strategy
Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry
Multiethnic Small Groups
Multiethnic Small Groups
Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
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.
Missional Small Groups
Missional Small Groups
Learn the benefits and how to make your group missional.
Multigenerational Small Groups
Multigenerational Small Groups
Engaging multiple generations in one group
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults
Ministering to the life stage of 18- to 30-year-olds
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
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Effective Small Groups for Women
Effective Small Groups for Women
Get great advice and practical tips on ministering to an important demographic
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups
Consider moving beyond age segregation in your church communities.
Starting a House Church
Starting a House Church
Helpful advice from experienced leaders in the simple-church movement
Effective Affinity Groups
Effective Affinity Groups
Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
Recovery Ministries
Recovery Ministries
Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.
Effective Turbo Groups
Effective Turbo Groups
Learn about this method of training several new group leaders at once.
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Family-Friendly Small Groups
Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members

free newsletter

Sign up for our free Small Groups Newsletter : Regular access to innovative training resources, Bible-based curriculum, and practical articles.