Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry

Recent research from LifeWay reveals that less than 50 percent of churches have a well-defined strategy for small-group ministry. Yikes! But we understand—it's really hard to find a structure that fits your context well.

Often our first instinct is simply to cut and paste what's working at another church. But then when it fails, we realize it never fit our church to begin with. We'd like to show you a better way. This resource will give you the tools to create a customized strategy for your context. Learn from the experts what it takes to have a thriving ministry and how to get there from your current reality. With their tips, you'll create a structure that not only fits your context, but also meets your goals for group life.

For a sample from this resource, read "The Power of Vision."

How to Use This Resource

Before You Begin

Start Where You Are
Before you make a plan, gain a clear picture of your current reality.
M. Scott Boren

The Power of Vision
Articulate a clear vision for your ministry and see the amazing results.
Rick Howerton

Choose a Model

Choose the Right Model for Your Church
How to sort through small-group models to find the one that fits your context.
Alan Danielson

Which Small-Group Model Is Right for You?
Keep reality in check as you answer these important questions.
Jim Egli

Multiple Models in One Ministry
Why you should consider incorporating several types of groups
Allen White

Your Cheat Sheet on Models
A brief overview of popular group models
Amy Jackson

Build Your Strategy

Creating a Small-Group Structure
Whether you're examining a current structure or starting from scratch, begin here.
Maegan Stout

Customize Your Group Strategy
4 keys to get you there
Mark Howell

Design a Training Strategy
Highly effective group leaders are developed over time.
Greg Bowman

Build a Coaching System
When you build the people, people build the ministry.
Bill Donahue, Ph.D.

7 Signs You Have a Bad Ministry Design
Is your small-group structure struggling?
Mark Howell


Total number of pages - 41

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-BSG126-D