Go DeeperGo Deeper
Embracing the Unsatisfied Life
Embracing the Unsatisfied Life
Building sustainable faith in your small group
9 Ways to Help Group Members Take Ownership of Problems
9 Ways to Help Group Members Take Ownership of Problems
The struggle is real—and we have to own it if we want to change.
My Small Group Led Me to Healing
My Small Group Led Me to Healing
God uses community to help us walk through pain and trauma.
3 Small Group Ideas for Halloween
3 Small Group Ideas for Halloween
Don't miss the opportunity to build relationships and serve your community.
Small Group Drudgery
Small Group Drudgery
Practical solutions for meetings that fall flat
Listen with the Heart
Listen with the Heart
Grow your relationships with non-believers by listening with empathy.
Train Your Group in Relational Evangelism
Train Your Group in Relational Evangelism
It's a whole lot simpler than it sounds.
Us Is the New Me
Us Is the New Me
Experiencing personal growth collectively.
Promoting Partnership and Teamwork in Small-Group Ministry
Promoting Partnership and Teamwork in Small-Group Ministry
The importance of sharing as a leadership trait.
Fostering the Parent
Fostering the Parent
How a small group cared for a foster mom in the everyday trials of life
Through Thick and Thin
Through Thick and Thin
A small group steps in to serve a family in their darkest hour.
11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity
11 Resources to Help Your Group Understand True Unity
Stories and tips for coming together in diversity
Create Sermon-Based Studies
Create Sermon-Based Studies
How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
How Is the Bible Changing You?
How Is the Bible Changing You?
Assess how you've grown after completing a Bible study.
Teach Your Small Group to Be Comfortable with Group Prayer
Teach Your Small Group to Be Comfortable with Group Prayer
Prayer methods that can help anyone pray out loud with ease.
True Unity in Small Groups
True Unity in Small Groups
Diversity makes our unity stronger—but we have to work for it.
How to Pursue Spiritual Growth in Small Groups
How to Pursue Spiritual Growth in Small Groups
3 keys to experience lasting life change
Hungry for Transformation
Hungry for Transformation
Ruth Barton shares what it takes to experience life change in small groups.
Go Deeper with Spiritual Disciplines
Go Deeper with Spiritual Disciplines
Everything you need to engage spiritual practices individually and in a group
Group Discipleship Strategies
Group Discipleship Strategies
Holistic discipleship in small groups is possible.
5 Tips for Helping Group Members Who Struggle with Doubt
5 Tips for Helping Group Members Who Struggle with Doubt
How to turn their doubt into deepened faith
Help Group Members Grow Through One-on-One Discipleship
Help Group Members Grow Through One-on-One Discipleship
Personalized care leads to great spiritual growth.
Meaningful Small-Group Prayer Ideas
Meaningful Small-Group Prayer Ideas
How to take your group prayer to the next level
Saturate Your Life with Jesus and His Mission
Saturate Your Life with Jesus and His Mission
Discipleship is everyday work.
Engage Your Community
Engage Your Community
Discover the real needs of your community, and make a plan that fits your group.
Meet People Where They Are
Meet People Where They Are
Move your small group to a non-traditional meeting place.
How to Read the Bible
Your Bible Study Is Too Small
Understanding the overarching story of Scripture brings context to individual passages.
Share Your Story
Share Your Story
Telling our story—and listening to others’ stories—transforms us.
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
What Should Small Groups Do Over the Summer?
3 things all groups should consider
How Church Members Use Social Media
How Church Members Use Social Media
Strike up a conversation with your group members about how they use Facebook and Twitter.
Longing for More from Small Groups
Longing for More from Small Groups
Ruth Haley Barton explains how to experience transforming community.
The Gift of Listening
The Gift of Listening
Attentive listening is hard work, but it's necessary for healthy community.
Beyond Good Small-Group Meetings
Beyond Good Small-Group Meetings
A review of M. Scott Boren's 'Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus'
9 Ideas to Celebrate Easter with Your Small Group
9 Ideas to Celebrate Easter with Your Small Group
Easter is foundational to our faith.
Multiethnic Small Groups
Multiethnic Small Groups
Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
Multiethnic Small Groups Matter
Multiethnic Small Groups Matter
Are we really "all one in Christ"?
Diversity in Community Changes Us
Diversity in Community Changes Us
Why I go to church with white people
Four Levels of Connection for Healthy Groups
Four Levels of Connection for Healthy Groups
Move your group beyond the basics to compelling community.
9 Values Your Small Group Needs to Adopt
9 Values Your Small Group Needs to Adopt
How to experience true biblical community
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Help your group members discover and use their spiritual gifts.
Call Out the Spiritual Gifts in Your Group Members
Call Out the Spiritual Gifts in Your Group Members
Recognize your group members' gifts in both direct and indirect ways
Faith and Work
Faith and Work
Equip leaders to help people understand the essential connection between their work and their faith.
Leverage Work for God's Mission
Leverage Work for God's Mission
Help your group members see work through a new lens.
Shepherd New Believers
Shepherd New Believers
Learn what you can do to steer new believers in your group toward growth.
Conversations that Transform
Conversations that Transform
These communication tips steer people toward change.
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
Steps to determine whether a Scripture passage still applies today
Learning the Patient Way of Jesus
Learning the Patient Way of Jesus
How committing to community helps us grow in patience
What You Need to Know About Depression, Suicide, and Mental Illness
What You Need to Know About Depression, Suicide, and Mental Illness
13 resources to help your small-group members who may be struggling
Create Safe Places for Questioning
Create Safe Places for Questioning
How your small group can become a welcoming place for people on a journey back to God
Experience Group Conversation Prayer
Experience Group Conversation Prayer
How to turn your group prayers into a real conversation with the Holy Spirit
Explore Radical Generosity with Your Group
Explore Radical Generosity with Your Group
How my group was challenged to examine our possessions
Praying for Our Work
Praying for Our Work
Help your group members connect their jobs and faith through these prayer exercises.
Leading a Growing Group
Leading a Growing Group
How small-group leaders can minister to maturing Christ-followers
Resource Review: 'Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians'
Resource Review: 'Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians'
A great book for anyone interested in being on mission with God
Christians at Work
Christians at Work
What it really looks like to unite our jobs and faith
Build Real Friendships in Your Group
Build Real Friendships in Your Group
7 steps to cultivate authentic relationships
Following Christ with Our Actions
Following Christ with Our Actions
Authentic disciples vote with their feet and not mere words.
Model Authentic Sharing
Model Authentic Sharing
A practical way to help your group members open up.
Forming an Inclusive Community
Forming an Inclusive Community
God opens his arms wide and so should we.
Small Groups on Mission
Small Groups on Mission
Why small groups are the perfect place to promote missional living
Create a Safe Environment in Your Small Group
Create a Safe Environment in Your Small Group
Modeling, confidentiality, and other tips to create safety
Build Community Through Communion
Build Community Through Communion
Lead your group in the Lord's Supper at your next meeting.
Help Group Members Face Difficult Holidays
Help Group Members Face Difficult Holidays
Bring comfort on Mother's Day and Father's Day to those who have lost parents.
Your Small Group Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness
Your Small Group Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness
Make your group welcoming and safe for all.
Help Even the Unrighteous Poor
Help Even the Unrighteous Poor
Missional living beyond feel-good experiences
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
Four Opportunities for Multi-Stage Groups
A mixture of spiritual maturity can help small-group members move closer to God and to one another.
Raise My Ebenezer
Raise My Ebenezer
Remembering God's help yesterday helps us to trust him for today and tomorrow.
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Bible Study Methods for Groups
Fresh ideas for digging into God's Word together
Spiritual Challenges of Emerging Adults
Spiritual Challenges of Emerging Adults
How to minister to the unique spiritual needs of 18- to 30-year-olds
Serving God in Our Jobs
Serving God in Our Jobs
Encouraging your group members with a biblical theology of work
Messier than Expected
Messier than Expected
What happens when a small group takes ownership of missional living
Missional Small Groups
Missional Small Groups
Learn the benefits and how to make your group missional.
Explore Identity and Purpose
Explore Identity and Purpose
Help emerging adults discover what life is all about.
Helping Your Group Connect with God
Helping Your Group Connect with God
Practical ideas for small-group worship
Leading Outside the Box
Leading Outside the Box
Simple, practical ideas for mixing up your small-group meetings
Pulled in by Attractive Marketing
Pulled in by Attractive Marketing
Why my spending habits matter in kingdom living
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Are You Engaging Everyone?
Don't leave any of your group members behind.
Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
And leave the saving to Christ.
Multigenerational Small Groups
Multigenerational Small Groups
Engaging multiple generations in one group
Rich and Poor Find Solidarity in Christ
Rich and Poor Find Solidarity in Christ
What the first beatitude means for living in community
Loving Our Neighbors
Loving Our Neighbors
Missional living is all about presence with those in our circles of influence.
A Spirituality that Is Missional
A Spirituality that Is Missional
Christ-followers are transformed for the sake of the world.
Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer
Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer
Great tips from an experienced small-group leader
Are We Building Accountability?
Are We Building Accountability?
Determine whether you've created a safe environment and modeled accountability well.
Accountable Application
Accountable Application
Don't forget to ask application questions . . . and then follow up.
From Classroom to Laboratory
From Classroom to Laboratory
Use life experiences for spiritual growth.
Circles Are Better than Rows
Circles Are Better than Rows
What we can learn from Jewish styles of learning
Basing Discipleship on Jesus
Basing Discipleship on Jesus
Don't take Christ out of Christlike.
Follow in the Footsteps of Bonhoeffer
Follow in the Footsteps of Bonhoeffer
Using Bonhoeffer's plan for small-group meetings
The Faith of Emerging Adults
The Faith of Emerging Adults
Implications for the church
Let God's Love Overflow
Let God's Love Overflow
Small groups can serve the community in unique ways.
A Disciple of Rabbi Jesus
A Disciple of Rabbi Jesus
Exploring the meaning of "disciple"
Laying a Solid Foundation with Prayer
Laying a Solid Foundation with Prayer
20 ideas for incorporating prayer in your small-group meeting
Setting Group Members Free
Setting Group Members Free
Recognizing how group members' church and family backgrounds affect them
Staying Connected to Your Church
Staying Connected to Your Church
Tools for getting and keeping your small groups connected to your church's mission
Empowering Group Members
Empowering Group Members
We can't force spiritual growth, but we can empower people to take their next spiritual steps.
Measuring Spiritual Growth
Measuring Spiritual Growth
Using objectives and doorposts
Improve Prayer in Your Small Group
Improve Prayer in Your Small Group
Everything you need to lead meaningful group prayer times
Are We Building Trust?
Are We Building Trust?
Assessing the level of trust in your small group
Making the Most of Discipling Relationships
Making the Most of Discipling Relationships
Tips for effective discipling
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups
Practical information and tips to faithfully interpret Scripture together
Is Your Group Safe for Open-Heart Surgery?
Is Your Group Safe for Open-Heart Surgery?
Becoming places of true authenticity and heart transformation
Meaningful Prayer in Small Groups
Meaningful Prayer in Small Groups
Resources to train leaders to deepen group prayer
The Disciple's Prayer
The Disciple's Prayer
Using the Lord's Prayer to deepen small-group prayer times
Encouraging the Reluctant Pray-er
Encouraging the Reluctant Pray-er
When a group member doesn't want to pray aloud
We're All a Bunch of Loosers!
We're All a Bunch of Loosers!
Helping free others from bondage
Eliminating the Walls between Insider and Outsider Activities
Eliminating the Walls between Insider and Outsider Activities
Inviting unbelievers to fully participate in our group life can be our best witness.
Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups
Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups
Take your group deeper by practicing together.
Incorporate Confession in Your Small Group
Incorporate Confession in Your Small Group
Why the effort and potential awkwardness are worth it
Do You Lead a Life-Changing Small Group?
Do You Lead a Life-Changing Small Group?
Assess and reflect on your transformation as a group.
Strengthening Your Small Group Through Confession
Strengthening Your Small Group Through Confession
Practical advice for this important spiritual discipline
Is Our Church Discipling?
Is Our Church Discipling?
Assess and reflect on your efforts toward fostering growth.
Evaluation: More Than Just a Bible Study
Evaluation: More Than Just a Bible Study
Three common obstacles to life change
Introducing People to Group Prayer
Introducing People to Group Prayer
10 tips to help group members feel more comfortable
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.
Shaped By Our Stories
Shaped By Our Stories
A helpful exercise for leaders and participants of small groups
Meaningful Application in Small Groups
Meaningful Application in Small Groups
Make sure your people are doing more than discussing God's Word.
Application: The Basics
Application: The Basics
What keeps most small groups stuck on the surface and unable to break through to experience real life change?
Leader: MIA
Leader: MIA
In order to be effective leaders, we must be present and honest about our lives.
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples
How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Thank God for Failure
Thank God for Failure
And use it as an opportunity for growth.
How to Make Prayer a Priority
How to Make Prayer a Priority
Don't let the other elements of your group time squeeze out something this important.
Evaluating Prayer in Your Small Group
Evaluating Prayer in Your Small Group
Take advantage of this collection of helpful tools.
A Proper Understanding of Group Prayer
A Proper Understanding of Group Prayer
Here are some questions to answer and ideas to consider.
Running on Empty
Running on Empty
What to do when your group has hit a plateau
Sensory Small Groups
Sensory Small Groups
Using all five senses to help group members engage
J. I. Packer: Fighting Heresy in Churches and Small Groups
J. I. Packer: Fighting Heresy in Churches and Small Groups
Could an ancient practice be the solution for a modern problem?
Philip Yancey: What Good Is God? (Pt 2)
Philip Yancey: What Good Is God? (Pt 2)
Exploring the "tabletop test" of faith and other insights
Philip Yancey: What Good Is God? (Pt 1)
Philip Yancey: What Good Is God? (Pt 1)
Exploring the "tabletop test" of faith and other insights
Sharing Your Faith Without Embarrassment or Coercion
Sharing Your Faith Without Embarrassment or Coercion
Here is a seven-step plan for you to follow.
Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?
Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?
Here are seven hallmarks that will help you decide.
Dead or Alive?
Dead or Alive?
What impact is your small group having on your local community?
The Four Stories of Small-Group Life
The Four Stories of Small-Group Life
Exploring the differences between "traditional" and "missional" communities
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.
A Body with No Head
A Body with No Head
Have churches and small groups replaced the incomparable Christ with something safer and smaller?
Finding the Time to Pray
Finding the Time to Pray
Because group members should never feel rushed or starved when it comes to prayer.
How to Pray for One Another
How to Pray for One Another
Learn how to set the tone, encourage appropriate sharing, and manage the time.
Small Groups as Community
Small Groups as Community
Here is a deeper look at what it really means to live as "community."
An Audience of One
An Audience of One
Here's why it can be so hard to pray together as a small group.
Introverts in the 'Imago Dei?'
Introverts in the 'Imago Dei?'
Our churches often confuse sociability for spirituality.
All Different Parts
All Different Parts
Utilizing the Body of Christ in your small group
On Spiritual Direction
On Spiritual Direction
A seasoned pastor seeks a guide to the interior regions of faith.
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.
Why Small Groups Need to Be On Mission
Why Small Groups Need to Be On Mission
Because discipleship is more than we've given it credit for.
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
The Presence and the Presents
The Presence and the Presents
Encountering God's presence and experiencing the presents of the Holy Spirit go together.
The Sacred Roads of Discipleship
The Sacred Roads of Discipleship
An interview with pastor and author Heather Zempel
The Benefits of Transparency
The Benefits of Transparency
Transparency among members is a pivot on which an effective small group turns.
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
You can benefit from the surprising results of extensive research on small groups.
Resource Review: <em>Sacred Roads</em>
Resource Review: Sacred Roads
A new study from Heather Zempel explores the historic paths of discipleship.
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Experiencing Authentic Worship in Small-Group Community
Take your group to new levels of worship and praise.
Permission to Be Real
Permission to Be Real
Helping people open up is a valuable skill for small-group leaders.
Be a Model of Authenticity
Be a Model of Authenticity
Why group leaders have a critical role in small-group dynamics
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 2)
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 2)
Several strategies that can help your groups really connect
Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name
Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name
A spiritual retreat can quiet your soul and renew your faith.
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.
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 1)
Achieving "Oneness" in a Small Group (pt 1)
Several strategies that can help your groups really connect
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Creating and Keeping an Outward Focus in Your Small Group
Computer-based training to help your groups avoid an inward shift
Resource Review: "Together in Prayer"
Resource Review: "Together in Prayer"
If your small group prays together, you'll want to read this.
Are You There, God?
Are You There, God?
An interview with Matt Woodley, author of The Folly of Prayer
Creating Authentic Fellowship in Small Groups
Creating Authentic Fellowship in Small Groups
It's not as easy as it sounds, but it can be done.
Hospitality in Small Groups
Hospitality in Small Groups
How to help your group members feel at home
Making Bible Study Transformational
Making Bible Study Transformational
Learn to move beyond passing information from one person to another.
Help Your Group to Wake Up!
Help Your Group to Wake Up!
Common problems and practical solutions for praying together
The Lost Art of Pilgrimage
The Lost Art of Pilgrimage
One woman's experience with the Fifth Gospel, and what it means for the rest of us
Time to Get Away
Time to Get Away
Consider taking your small group on a spiritual retreat.
Christian Education and Spiritual Formation
Christian Education and Spiritual Formation
Use these tools to evaluate whether your small-group methods are resulting in spiritual growth.
What Happens in Group Spiritual Direction?
What Happens in Group Spiritual Direction?
Learn what it takes to lead, what models to follow, and what fruit to expect.
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray
What we can learn from the leading and prayer of Jesus
Restoring the Relational Church (part 2)
Restoring the Relational Church (part 2)
How church leaders can move from "meeting" in community to "living" in community.
Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)
Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)
How church leaders can move from "meeting" in community to "living" in community.
Looking for Life-Change
Looking for Life-Change
How do small groups aid in the process of transformation?
The Gospel and the Happiness Paradox
The Gospel and the Happiness Paradox
Can eternal happiness be achieved by selfish pursuit?
Assessing Small-Group Success
Assessing Small-Group Success
A new set of questions can tell us whether our groups are on the right track.
Help Wanted: Mentors
Help Wanted: Mentors
There is a desperate need today for spiritually mature men and women to mentor younger Christians.
Bringing Christian Community into Subcultures
Bringing Christian Community into Subcultures
How to make the most of the groups you already enjoy
Fessing Up
Fessing Up
Restoring confession and repentance as part of discipleship in the church
Making Disciples
Making Disciples
How to keep your groups actively involved in the discipleship process
Recovery Ministries
Recovery Ministries
Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.
How to Pray for Another Group Member
How to Pray for Another Group Member
Practical advice for a sometimes sensitive subject
What's Your Story?
What's Your Story?
The importance of hearing the life journey of your group members
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Improving Small-Group Accountability
Help your groups find and maintain authentic relationships and spiritual growth.
Facing Shame Issues in a Small Group
Facing Shame Issues in a Small Group
Why some group members don't want to open up, and how to help
How Does a Small Group Help Us Change?
How Does a Small Group Help Us Change?
Exploring how people conform to the image of Christ in community
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 Groups and Evangelism
Small Groups and Evangelism
Help your groups reach out to those who need the love of Christ.
Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack
Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack
Evaluate your spiritual health.
Building a Culture of Discipleship
Building a Culture of Discipleship
Encourage your entire congregation to grow spiritually as a community.
More Than Just a Bible Study
More Than Just a Bible Study
Allow God's Word to transform lives as you study together.
Benchmarks: Growth in Small Groups Part 2
Benchmarks: Growth in Small Groups Part 2
Check out these statistics to get your finger on the pulse of small-groups ministry.
Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines
A collection of resources to help you practice spiritual disciplines individually and as part of a group
Advice from an Experienced Small-Group Member
Advice from an Experienced Small-Group Member
How small groups contribute to one woman's spiritual growth
How to Ask Stimulating Discussion Questions
How to Ask Stimulating Discussion Questions
Practical advice for one of a group leader's most important roles
A Community that Reflects Jesus
A Community that Reflects Jesus
Consider how Jesus might have behaved as a member of your small group.
The Truth About Transformation
The Truth About Transformation
What it really takes to help people change their minds
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Stay Connected Through the Summer
Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.
Get Your Group Engaged!
Get Your Group Engaged!
The key to interactive discussions in your small group
When Is a Small Group Just Another Meeting?
When Is a Small Group Just Another Meeting?
And what should you do about it?
How to Pray for Your Small Group
How to Pray for Your Small Group
Here are 10 tips to increase the frequency and effectiveness of your supplications.
Getting into the Word
Getting into the Word
The basics of Bible study and discussion in small groups
Selling Ancient Disciplines to  Moderns
Selling Ancient Disciplines to Moderns
Here are five tips to help re-educate your church and group members.
Spiritual Disciplines for Church Leaders
Spiritual Disciplines for Church Leaders
It’s important to nurture spiritual disciplines unconnected to ministry.
How to Host a Small-Group Meeting
How to Host a Small-Group Meeting
Practical advice for group members willing to share their homes
Small Groups and the Mission of God
Small Groups and the Mission of God
Alan Hirsch talks about the untapped potential of individuals and small-group communities.
Making Your Small Groups Models of Evangelism
How to excel at the most difficult of your church's five purposes
Top Ten: New Years
The top ten New Year's resolutions your group really needs to make
Having a Good Cry
Having a Good Cry
Learn to deal honestly and openly with strong emotions in your small group.
Treat or Refer?
Treat or Refer?
Practical advice for ministering to emotionally and spiritually wounded group members.
Listening Through Attending Behavior
Listening Through Attending Behavior
You need to understand this powerful method of communicating attention (or lack thereof).
Small-Group Evaluations
Small-Group Evaluations
Make sure your individual groups and overall ministry are healthy.
Guidelines for Group Prayer
Guidelines for Group Prayer
Practical principles for an ongoing, transformational walk with God.
Soul Care
Soul Care
Principles and practices to care for your soul and your group members' souls
The Small-Group Leader as Spiritual Guide
The Small-Group Leader as Spiritual Guide
A step-by-step approach to guiding your group toward spiritual maturity
Hearing and Obeying God's Word
Hearing and Obeying God's Word
Understanding the difference is vital to life-changing transformation.
Expert Advice for Small-Group Facilitators
Expert Advice for Small-Group Facilitators
Why obedience and a caring heart are all you really need
Good Questions Show Good Listening
Good Questions Show Good Listening
Learn to understand people and help them understand themselves.
Become a Great Listener
Become a Great Listener
Practical tips for working on this essential leadership skill
Engaging God from the Heart
Finding personal transformation in adversity
Are You Listening?
Develop the skill of active listening
Using Lectio Divina with Teen Groups
Follow this step-by-step approach to learn more about contemplation in small groups.
Facilitating Lively Discussions
Learn from these often-overlooked keys to making the most of your small-group lesson.
Supernatural, Synergistic, Systems-Thinking Group-Life!
A group expresses itself holistically and organically when it does what the Lord has designed it to do.
Holistic Small Groups are not Perfect Groups
Small groups are places where broken people are in the process of becoming whole.
The Place of Reflection in Soul Care
Reflection is an important practice in the life of a small group.
Go Deeper with God
Go Deeper with God
Help your group connect with God through the ancient practices of contemplative prayer and lectio divina.
Learn to Shepherd Your Small Group
Move from being a small-group leader to truly caring for your people.
<em>Lectio Divina</em> and Contemplative Prayer in Small Groups
Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer in Small Groups
Understand the practice of lectio divina and how to incorporate it into your small group.
The Test of a Small Group's Commitment
People are watching to see if our words mean anything.
The Life We Share
An A-Z guide for what believers share.
Let it Shine
Christian community shines its light on the world and in the church.
A Spiritual Growth Industry
Small groups are helping Christians bring faith to bear in the for-profit world.
Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
Making a lasting impact requires close relationships.
Connections
Transformational small group disciplines
Opening the Bible for Seekers
Small groups that thoughtfully use Scripture can serve an evangelistic purpose.
Is the Church Driving a Wedge In Our Families?
An alternative to the segregated small group.
Breaking and Entering
True friendships take time and commitment.
Change the World by Meeting People and Walking With Them
Spending time knowing others, and letting them into your life and fellowship, will show them God.
Beyond Prayer Requests
Groups should consider whether their requests line up with what God is doing.
Growing Small Groups
Growing Small Groups
Take your group from meeting together to thriving together.
Teaching Small Group Members How to Pray
There are people who want to pray in groups, but just don't know how.
Breakthrough Moments that Transform the Group
By creating community, focusing on Jesus, and accepting each other, we can foster breakthrough moments that spur us towards deeper fellowship.
The Art Of Group Prayer
Lead your group in praying biblically.
No More Mr. Nice Group
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite sharing to the disciplines that change lives.
Conducting Acts Of Hospitality
How to make serving the community an effective part of your ministry.
Why Don't More People Attend Small Groups?
Christ-followers need to grow in more areas than just fellowship.
Questions: Icebreakers and Beyond
Ask good questions like Jesus.
Why People's Stories Matter
Sharing life's imperfect stories deepens your fellowship and your walk with God.
Telling Stories To Build Community
Doctrine may spur constructive debate, but nothing stirs the heart like a story.
This is my Story…This is my Song!
When group members have struggled with life and trusted God, regardless of the outcome, a powerful testimony develops.
Building Community By Sharing Your Story
Telling life stories is one of the best ways to continually grow a group towards maturity in Christ.
Group Life as Sacramental
When Jesus inhabits the space that believers occupy together in His Name, the space changes and so do we.
Colliding with Love
Embrace conflict as an opportunity for growth and fellowship.
Living in the Messies
Principles that guided our small group as we navigated the rough and muddy waters of human life.
Small Groups Assessment Pack
Small Groups Assessment Pack
Take a step back and evaluate the effectiveness of your small-groups ministry.
Shepherding Group Members
Shepherding Group Members
Practical training that helps leaders embrace their role as shepherd
Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation
Practical ways for small groups to find a better rhythm with God
Life in an American Underground Church
Consider a lifestyle choice about how you do ministry.
Long Distance Community
Visiting non-believing family can be difficult, but that's what community is for.
The Tug-of-War between Community and Evangelism
Your group doesn't have to choose between community and evangelism—you just have to be intentional about maintaining both.
Balancing Mission and Comfort—An Olympic Feat
The balance between outreach and in-reach in your small group is a delicate one to maintain.
Small-Group Leaders Know Their Group Members
When a group leader knows their members, they're better able to spur them on towards spiritual maturity.
Groundbreaking Community
Faith grows in the presence of faithful people.
New Entry Doors
Small groups can serve as a powerful entrance into Christian community.
Seeker Small Groups
Engaging spiritual seekers in life-changing discussions
Small Groups – The New Front Door
Non-Christians can encounter God through witnessing oneness among Christians within small groups.
Winning In Life Together
Living life in relationship with others is God's pathway for living a life of purpose.
Prayer for Purpose
One church learned that prayer is the essential ingredient for small group success.
Transformation Takes Time
Follow these steps to lead people down the path of continued spiritual growth.
Global Positioning of the Soul
Help individuals find the intersection of finite and infinite in such a way as to make sense of their current situation and take courage for the future.
Loving the unlovable.
A small group works through their past hurts together.
Making Your Group Real "Friends"
Follow these principles to help people fulfill their longing for true community.
Surprised by Hospitality
Without hospitality, discipleship cannot flourish.
Back to the Homes?
Showing hospitality in your home is one of the most strategic ministries you can have.
Hospitality Begins Now
Small groups need to provide an atmosphere conducive to new friendships and sharing.
Ten Tips for Hospitality
Hospitality can make or break your small group's evangelism.
Sharing a Meal
A launch pad for hospitality
Refreshing a Servant's Heart
Serving together as a small group can make a big impact.
Changing Lines Into Circles
Integrate your relationships to make them more effective.
God's Physical Arms
The members of a woman's small group show exceptional care during a difficult time.
Helping Assess the Spiritual Growth of Your Group Members
It was my vision to create an internet tool to assess disciple-making and team-building progress, and so GrowthFinder was born.
Filling the Empty Fridge
One small group grew closer by meeting each other's needs.
Loving Sinners Is Messy But Necessary
Truly loving people in the midst of persistent sin is easier said than done.
Affinity – Likeness or Commonness?
True community comes from admitting our need.
Keeping it REAL
Getting back to relationships in small group ministry
Affinity
Only a stepping stone on the journey to oneness and embracing our commission
Connecting through Intergenerational Community
Intergenerational community can be the family that the lonely people in our churches need.
Forgiving the Unforgiveable
The betrayed members of a small group work to forgive the man who lied to them.
Dominated by One
Though confrontation is difficult, it can be essential to small group health.
Marrying Small Groups and the Sunday School …An Emerging Trend
Combine biblical teaching with strong community.
No Pain, No Spiritual Gain
Pain is difficult, but is also a catalyst for spiritual growth.
To Pray Is to Care
How a small group cared for a member battling cancer.
Learning a New Lifestyle
A Bible study group led a young woman to Christ through their love and acceptance.
From Clique to Community
How to keep your small groups from turning into cliques.
Common Myths of Belonging
The emerging church is redefining community, relationships, intimacy, and small groups.
Destiny’s Children?
The youth today is looking for something new, something deeper, something that will help them explore their destiny in Christ.
"But I Wasn't Meant to Be a Mom!"
Joining a small group helped a mother embrace her new role.
The Sure Way to See Lives Change
Being in a small group is important to meaningful life change.
What Happens Best in Same Gender Groups
When our group divided by gender, we were able to delve deeper into the Word—and into each other's lives.
Coffee Break Women’s Small Groups
Ahead of its time, yet still brewing
Try A Small-Group Sandwich!
By sandwiching coed times with gender exclusive times, it is possible to gain the profits of both.
Demystifying Misunderstandings
Sometimes the most important part of clearing up misunderstandings is talking about them.
Bad Days Are Sometimes The Best Days
Small groups can be a great place for learning lessons about life.
Onward!
Small groups do not exist for community. They exist in community for the mission Jesus called us to: making disciples.
You Can't Have Babies if You Don't Get Pregnant
Why mentoring is a prerequisite to multiplication.
Create a Caring Church
How to create small groups that really care for each other.
How Would You Describe Your Small Groups?
Examine what Jesus left behind for the fulfillment of his mission.
Authentic Biblical Communities – Going to the Next Level
After laying the foundation, we saw the need to develop a platform to encourage our people to continue to live a life of purpose.
The Real Relationships We All Want
Authentic love for each other will draw others to your group.
Teachable Moments
How stepping out of her comfort zone yielded amazing results for one small group member.
Yielding to God's Nudge
How one reluctant small group participant discovered God's purpose for her.
Long-Term Versus Short-Term Success in Small Group Ministry
Small group ministry thrives when you the end result is kept in view.
Four Secrets of Great Team-Based Leadership
When the lead team is committed to the cause, has great community, and believes they will change the world—amazing things can happen.
Who's the "Norm" of Your Group?
What values does your group embrace?
Husband and Wife Small-Group Leadership Teams
By using your different areas of giftedness, couples leadership can be an incredible and effective ministry.
Sticking It Out
Even if your group doesn't seem a good fit right now, God may have big plans for it.
Healthy Members, Healthy Group
A simple assessment tool for gauging how healthy group members are.
Emails from the Apostle Paul
An innovative way to spur your congregation towards evangelism
Leadership Honesty Breeds Group Honesty
When a leader shares honestly their group members are likely to follow.
Developing People
The most important thing you do as a leader is develop other people.
The Five "Ms" Every Leader Should Know
How to shepherd your flock.
Small-Group Leader, the Anti-Hero
No one should have to sacrifice themselves for the success of the group.
Leaders as Spiritual Coaches
All leaders ultimately need to serve as spiritual coaches for whatever group of people they are leading.
Build Community Through Communion
Bring depth to a small group by participating in Communion together.
Life Support
The story of a group that cared for a couple in their small group during the wife's illness.
7 Tips To Modeling Prayer For Your Group
How to make prayer a central part of small groups.
From Seeker to Believer
God can use a group's ability to be open to new people.
Ask Yourself
Ten growth questions leaders need to be asking themselves.
Curriculum-less?
Return vitality to small groups through “open” discussions.
Is Your Small Group Stuck?
Move beyond relationship to discipleship.
Barrier-Breaking Small-Group Leaders "Go First!"
If you want to take your group to higher levels of growth, maturity, and mission—you have to go there first.
His Church is Really at Work!
For many people, he workplace is their largest sphere of influence, and their greatest opportunity for evangelism.
The Workplace Small Group Movement
A Conversation with Stephen R. Graves
Saving Conversations: What a Seeker Looks For
Are you ready for a lifesaving conversation? Your friend could be ready, and it could be now or never.
Student-Led Small Groups
Is your model or philosophy of youth ministry structured to care for the wounded souls of today's youth?
Five Fundamentals of Student Small Group Discipleship
There is a big difference between "just another Bible study," and real, biblical, discipleship.
Feed My Lambs
Every week, I feed a group of hungry teenagers dinner, and I also show them God's love.
The Small-Group Leader as Spiritual Guide
There are several ways you can serve as a spiritual guide to those in your small group.
Taking Spiritual Responsibility
A Small-Group Leader must see his or her duty as far more than merely leading a meeting that occurs in someone’s living room during the week.
Wearing the Spiritual Director's Hat
As a leader, the role of spiritual director is one you must have and refine.
Spiritual Direction
Implement the accountability factor in your group.
Maintaining Spiritual Focus
Are you leading to a place you have been?
Marriage-Friendly Small Groups
Several tips to help your small group towards the goal of strengthening marriages and families.
Intergenerational Small Groups Mobilize Families
In an intergenerational setting, people of all ages can get the support and mentoring that they need.
A Family Affair
Ideas to help your ministry build stronger marriages and families.
Your Small Group and Your Family
Your small group and your family are ministries that God has given you; use them together.
Why Bother if Extra Grace is Required?
With love and God's grace, significant healing can happen.
An Atmosphere of Grace
Is there a way to minister to your group, and still help a difficult person move deeper in their spiritual journey?
Icebreakers and Beyond
Jesus used simple, easy questions to lead into his deeper, soul-probing questions.
Give Me a Good Question!
If you plan your meeting using carefully thought-out questions, you’ll be on your way to leading a study that changes lives.
The Best Questions, Ever!
Three small group veterans share their favorite questions and question-asking strategies.
Go Deep with Good Questions
A good question can influence your decisions and your relationship with God and others.
When Truth Intercepts Life
Good questions can spur intimacy within a group.
Creating Community in Our Communities
Equipping and encouraging people to pursue intimacy with God, community with believers, and influence with nonbelievers.
Assimilating Children in Cells
Enable and equip the youngest generation to become all that God has called them to be.
Soulcare Survivor
God created each of us with soulcare needs that can only be met by love.
Creative Evangelism
Inspire your congregation to focus on individual evangelism opportunities in creative ways.
Signing Your Life Away
Being a Small-Group Leader means signing away your old life and taking on the new life of a shepherd.
The O-Group Strategy
Don't ask people to come to your small group—take your small group to the people.
Small Group Growing Pains
Introducing the concept of community into a church can be painful, but there are ways to ease the pains.
Community Standards
Authentic relationships are essential to small group—and individual—life.
Community Evaluation
A tool to assess your small group's current state of community.
Circles of Indemnity
God has called us to surround one another in the midst of our circumstances.
Loving Beyond Barriers
Ways you can extend the hand of fellowship beyond the perimeter of your group.
Building the Dynamics of the "One Another’s"
Real community is going to be tough at times.
Effective on Purpose
A small group’s effectiveness lies in the leader knowing and living God’s purpose for their small group.
Gauging the Health of Your Group
Tools to help see where you're going strong, and where you might need a little support.
People-Focused Group Agendas
Your leadership doesn't have to be polished, it just has to be passionate.
Shepherding Broken People
When your group shares their deepest hurts, how do you respond?
Here There Be Dragons
How do we offer healing rather than mere recovery?
Community with a Purpose
God gave us the gift of community to meet our needs.
Small Group Support and Recovery – A Case Study of Judas vs. Peter
Having the support you need can make a world of difference.
Classroom or Community?
Whether or not to do homework assignments depends on the mission, purpose, and values of the group.
Transforming Families by Transforming Fathers
The Dads of Destiny Small Group Program is positively impacting families.
Your Family – A Small Group Worth Developing
The same biblical principle underlies both small group and family.
Making the Family a Priority in Small Groups
Family care is at the center of what we're trying to achieve in small groups.
Don’t Give Up
Even if the situation is rough, if multiplication is a goal, patience will pay off.
Is "Birthing" the Only Way?
While "birthing" is a popular multiplication model, some situations call for an alternative.
A Joy-Filled Small Group
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Worship and Small Groups
Worship is the heart and soul of small groups.
Put Prayer into Prayer Time
Ways to spend more time praying and less time giving requests.
Focusing Our Group Attitude
Some nuts-and-bolts ideas that will help your group get organized and focused.
Discovering Spiritual Gifts in the Small Group Setting
Small group members can provide valuable insight when assessing an individual's spiritual gifts.
Spiritual Gifts and Small Group Life
I believe that small groups are the best place to practice spiritual gifts.
How Small Groups "Discover" Spiritual Gifts
It is in the Body of Christ—in community and at work—that we discern our gifts.
A Church WITH Small Groups
Through small groups and other mid-size ministries, everyone can experience more in-depth community.
Resolutions
Top 10 New Years Resolutions your group really needs to make.
Developing Small Group Accountability
Creating a "safe place" where people can truly open up and share at a deep intimate level is an important step in developing real intimacy in small group community.
The Freedom that Comes from Vulnerability
Experiencing love from those who know our imperfections is a very powerful thing.
Expose Your Thorn in the Flesh
Being honest about your own shortcomings can be encouraging to those you're leading.
Teaching for Life Change
Develop a purposeful strategy for encouraging spiritual growth among your members.
Small Groups—Dead or Alive
To realize that your group is dead, you must first know what it looks like to be alive.
Moving from Teaching to Obedience
Leaders must live a life worth imitating.
Hearing and Obeying
Steps towards emphasizing Godly obedience rather than just biblical knowledge.
Leading Long-Term Groups to Change
Leading change in groups that are rooted can be difficult, but it's all about relationships.
Reviving Your Small Group
If you feel your small group has gone stale, here are some ideas to spice things up.
Core Values
Your relational core values can encourage your small group to not just become disciples, but disciple makers.
Honest to God and Others
Creating entryways into your life will encourage honesty among your group.
Hanging Out and Reaching Out
Having fun outside of group time can bond your small group together.
Digging Deeper
A bruised palm—allowing God to be enough.
What I learned at Willow Creek's Small Groups Conference
The title of this article is all wrong.
Going to Seed
The life-cycle of a group means it will eventually go to seed, which can be a great ministry opportunity.
Be a Missionary…In Your Small Group
Who do you know who is still harassed and helpless , like sheep without a shepherd?
Three Keys Open the Door to Small Groups
Small group mission can be summed up in three concepts: root, one another, and walk.
Letting Jesus Lead
Your cell group is literally the body of Christ.
Becoming People of Purpose
Writing a personal mission statement can help you, and your group, be purposeful in living for Christ.
Motivated to Lead
Keys to having greater vision, spiritual health and fruitfulness in small groups
The Qualities of a Leader
There are four basic qualities that every leader must have.
Becoming More Obedient to God's Word . . . Not Just Smarter
The big difference between large-group gatherings and a small group is accountability.
What a Small Group is NOT
We have an idea of what a small group is, but sometimes we fall into patterns of what a small group shouldn't be.
Memorizing Scripture
Three methods to make memorization easier.
Bringing Your Bible Study to Life
How group role playing can change the way we view Bible stories.
Crank Up the Contrast!
Unbelievers won't change if they can't see a difference in you.
Fishing Together
A dynamic approach to reaching unbelievers through your small group.
Worship in the Cell Church
What does true worship look like?
Small-Group Leaders Who Make a Difference
If you're considering becoming a Small-Group Leader, look to the people who've made an impact on your life for guidance.
Changing for the Better
Are your small group members being transformed by the Bible?
Are the People in Your Group Being Informed or Transformed?
I can look into God's word many times a week, but these things will be forgotten if I'm not transformed into Christlikeness as a result.
Portfolio of Promises
By recording how the Lord speaks through His Word in the midst of specific circumstances, a Christian acquires a permanent record of God's faithfulness.
Restart Right!
A few ideas to restart your group with excitement!
Leadership Material?
Could YOU lead a small group?
Get Your Group to Loosen Up
Humor can help bring your group closer, and reveal biblical truths.
Breaking Down Barriers
Promote intimacy within your group.
Touching the Heart of the True Shepherd
Loving God through prayer will lead to stronger, healthier groups, and draw unbelievers towards God.
Prayer Power
Group prayer is powerful; don't let it become dry and meaningless.
Two More Ways to Pray
Ideas for making prayer more tangible and interesting to those in your group.
Expert Advice
The Small Group gurus answer questions about small groups and revival.
Wesley's "Methods" for Revival
We could spur revival again, if we follow Wesley's emphasis on holiness and accountability.
The Coming Revival
Every great revival starts with prayer.
New Year, New Goals
The new year is the perfect time for small group goal setting.
Six Ways to Serve Your Community
Is your group looking for creative way to serve your community?
Be a Friend of Sinners
The front door of the church is the front door of every person's home.
What It's Like to Be 16
Don't let yourself forget what it's like to be sixteen.
Intergenerational Cell Groups
Every child can live a full Christian life.
The Gift of Hospitality
Top 10 ways you know your group's host/hostess doesn't REALLY have the gift of hospitality.
Overcoming Excuses
Overcoming Excuses
It's hard for people to believe we want them in heaven if we don't want them in our living room.
Making Sense in Study
Pay attention to the five senses when preparing your home for a small group meeting.
God's Invited Guests
Do you remember the first time you were invited to a small group?
The Art of Invitation
Not sure how to invite people to your group? Here are some tips.
Discovering your Oikos
Identify your sphere of influence
But, What Can I Do?
Each of us is equally important to God and His plan.
Building Accountability
A list of suggestions to build accountability in your small group.
Accountability Time
Since we're on the topic of accountability, let me be honest with what's happening at SmallGroups.com.
Removing Our Masks Through Confession in Groups
We often feel like we have to be perfect, even in small groups; confession may be the answer to removing our masks.
Vulnerability: Leaders Set the Pace!
If you want your small group to go to the next level, you have to lead the way.
How to Help Group Members Embrace Intimacy
If you go slowly, intimacy will happen naturally.
Building a Transparent Body
There's a reason that intimacy happens most often in small groups.
Do Something That Will Outlast You
Discipling individuals is primary; leading groups and teaching the crowds is secondary.
Making Your Group Better
Can't seem to find the right group? Maybe you're what's missing.
How Small Groups Build Community
Fellowship does happen when we come face to face with one another—and with God
What is Success For a Home Group?
Five key evaluation questions to ask at the end of a home group meeting.
The Value of Reports
In your journey to become a cell group, it's helpful to measure the steps you've taken.
Service: A Matter of Focus for Groups
It is important to give expression of your faith and heart for God by serving.
Community Blitzing
Create community quickly within your group.
Thou Shalt Worship…In Your Small Groups?
Does worship have a place in small groups?
Yes! You Can Worship in Your Small Group
How to bring music into your small group time.
Twelve Ideas for Conversational Prayer
Prayer time doesn't have to be long or stressful.
Worship and Prayer: The Power Behind Small Group Ministry
Prayer and worship invite God's presence into the group.
Opened or Closed?
Small groups can meet one another's needs and reach out to others.
Living Evangelistically
Evangelism is not a program.
Evangelism in Small Groups?
How to incorporate evangelism into your small group setting, and into your life.
Kinesics
How to make the study of body language work for you.
What Does This Verse Mean to You?
A better way to phrase this common question
Polly Prayerless: The Person Who Won't Pray Aloud
How to make your members feel comfortable praying out loud.
Relationships: What It's All About
You can't lead if you don't know your group.
Quentin Quiet: The Silent Individual
How to pull him out of his shell.
New Year's Resolutions for Your Group
What can your group resolve to accomplish next year?
Conflict Is Good
From the editor
Team Tune Up
Stay on track through self-critique.
The Importance of Evaluation
Once your group gets rolling, it's easy to just let it be.