Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide

Small-Group Leader Orientation Guide

A helpful overview of the basics of small-group leadership

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This guide is designed to help you equip your church to provide orientation and basic training to new small-group leaders, and to help seasoned small-group leaders refresh themselves on their responsibilities. You may use it either for a group training session or to give individually to small-group leaders.

Note: For a free sample from this resource, read "Start, Fill, and Keep."

Prepare for Your Role

The Big Picture of Small Groups
Leader, get ready to take part in a savory slice of real life
By Angie Ward

Casting Vision from Day One
How to lay the groundwork for a healthy, long-term small group
By Spence Shelton

How to Align Your Group and Your Church
Because things won't work if you are pulled in two directions at once
By Trevor Lee

Advice from an Experienced Leader
Build confidence as you care for your people and guide exploration of God's truth
Interview with Kevin Rapp

Job Description and Standards of Performance

Perform Your Role

Start, Fill, and Keep
Three simple concepts that will make your group more successful
By Alan Danielson

The First Meeting
Tips to make your first group meeting succeed
From Crossroads Church

Take Your Group Deeper
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite "sharing."
By John Ortberg

How to Find the Right Bible Studies
How to choose helpful material for your small group
By Rachel Gilmore

Small Group Problem Solving
How to respond when people act up, act out, and ask tough questions
From Bay Area Fellowship Church

The Marks of Leadership Success
Monitor the health of your group by using this assessment tool
From the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Leading a Missional Small Group
How to move beyond "normal" and start making a difference
By M. Scott Boren


Further Exploration
Nine other helpful resources, including websites and books, for helping you grow small-group leaders.

Total number of pages - 30

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

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-OG0001-D