Small-Group Leading 101

Small-Group Leading 101

The basics of leading a small group.

There's a reason college students are required to take 101 classes—they set a foundation for more in-depth classes they'll take later. These classes give the basics and serve as a survival guide for the subject.

When small-group leaders begin their first groups, they need a 101 class, too. That isn't to say they won't ever need more in-depth training, but they need a base—something to help them get off to a great start and navigate the responsibilities of their role.

That's exactly what this resource is designed to do. This incredible resource gathers some of our best articles for small-group leaders. Learn how to prepare for group meetings, lead discussions, handle challenging group dynamics, welcome new members, and apprentice new leaders. Use this resource to train yourself, or use it with the small-group leaders you coach. Either way, it's a valuable resource.

For a sample from this resource, read Help! My Small Group Has Been Hijacked!

Leader's Guide

Prepare for the Meeting

The Blueprint for Effective Small-Group Meetings
Include these elements to lead meaningful meetings.
By Peri Gilbert

How to Prepare for Small-Group Meetings
Four keys to successful meetings
By Joel Comiskey

Questions that Spark Discussion
Eight helpful tips for those who write their own questions
By Rick Lowry

Connect with the Vine
Why your prayer life matters more than your notes
By Jim Egli

Lead the Meeting

Tips for Facilitating Group Discussion
Practical advice for meetings that produce life-change
By Carter Moss

Encouraging Next Steps for Your Group Members
Setting goals for spiritual growth
By Tony Escobar

Help! My Small Group Has Been Hijacked!
Four common hijackers and ways to respond
By Margaret Feinberg

Come On In!
Welcoming new people into existing groups
By Carolyn Taketa

The Science of Apprenticing
How leaders can reproduce other leaders
By Carter Moss


Total number of pages: 24

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

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