Practical Ministry Skills
Recruiting Leaders Without a Church-Wide Campaign

Recruiting Leaders Without a Church-Wide Campaign

Strategies for identifying and inviting people to lead a small group
Train Your Group in Relational Evangelism

Train Your Group in Relational Evangelism

It's a whole lot simpler than it sounds.
Develop Your Ministry Team

Develop Your Ministry Team

Practical tips for developing your team—both as individuals and as one cohesive unit
How to Respond to Mental Illness

How to Respond to Mental Illness

Practical, healthy ways to help people in your small group who are affected by mental illness
Small-Group Ministry Metrics

Small-Group Ministry Metrics

Measure what matters.
Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies

Create Sermon-Based Bible Studies

How to write engaging group studies that tie into your pastor's sermons
Organize Your Small-Group Ministry

Organize Your Small-Group Ministry

The right structure will allow your ministry to thrive and grow.
Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders

Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders

Practices that can provide focus and refreshment for small-group ministry leaders
Small-Group Discipleship Strategies

Small-Group Discipleship Strategies

Holistic discipleship in small groups is possible.
Eliminate Barriers to Community

Eliminate Barriers to Community

Structure your groups for maximum participation.
Engage Your Community

Engage Your Community

Discover the real needs of your community, and make a plan that fits your group.
Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Develop a Small-Group Strategy

Expert advice on creating a custom plan for your ministry
Effective Student Groups

Effective Student Groups

Disciple the students in your ministry through intentional small groups.
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders

Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders

Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.
Multiethnic Small Groups

Multiethnic Small Groups

Diversity helps us grow in Christlikeness.
Maximize Your Time for a Thriving Small-Group Ministry

Maximize Your Time for a Thriving Small-Group Ministry

Learn how to do more with less time.
Conquer Common Meeting Problems

Conquer Common Meeting Problems

Say goodbye to low attendance, bad studies, childcare issues, shallow relationships, and more.
Become a Church of Groups

Become a Church of Groups

Make small groups the core of your church, not just another ministry.
Unlock Spiritual Gifts

Unlock Spiritual Gifts

Help your group members discover and use their spiritual gifts.
Shepherd New Believers

Shepherd New Believers

Learn what you can do to steer new believers in your group toward growth.
Healthy Small-Group Leadership

Healthy Small-Group Leadership

Your ministry is far too important to handle as an unhealthy leader.
Develop Real Relationships

Develop Real Relationships

Intentionally build the relationships in your group.
Empower Small-Group Leaders

Empower Small-Group Leaders

Release your leaders to lead without micromanaging or giving total freedom.
Theological Discussions for Everyone

Theological Discussions for Everyone

Get everyone involved in meaningful, fruitful discussions.
Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups

Turn Ministry Teams into Small Groups

How to transition a task group into a community group
Effectively Confront Leaders

Effectively Confront Leaders

Learn how to address issues in a healthy, biblical way.
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.
Create a Compelling Vision for Small Groups

Create a Compelling Vision for Small Groups

Assess and revamp your current ministry vision, or create one from scratch.
Market Your Small-Group Ministry

Market Your Small-Group Ministry

Communicate about small groups in a clear, compelling way that draws people into groups.
When and How to End Well

When and How to End Well

Learn how to end your group in a healthy way.
Bible Study Methods for Groups

Bible Study Methods for Groups

Fresh ideas for digging into God's Word together
Avoiding Burnout

Avoiding Burnout

Leadership and burnout don't have to be synonymous.
Leading Outside the Box

Leading Outside the Box

Simple, practical ideas for mixing up your small-group meetings
Find the Right Study for Your Group

Find the Right Study for Your Group

Practical tips so you'll never dread finding a study again
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups

Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups

How to set healthy boundaries with group members
Social Media for Small-Group Ministry

Social Media for Small-Group Ministry

How to use social media to connect, inform, and mobilize group members
The First Meeting

The First Meeting

How to start strong
Small-Group Leading 101

Small-Group Leading 101

The basics of leading a small group
Creative Small-Group Leader Training

Creative Small-Group Leader Training

Think outside the box and your leaders will want to attend training events.
Making a Case for Small Groups

Making a Case for Small Groups

Gain practical tips for helping others understand the value of small groups
Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults

Meaningful Groups for Emerging Adults

Ministering to the life stage of 18- to 30-year-olds
Birthing Groups Well

Birthing Groups Well

Learn how to birth in a healthy, caring way.
Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners

Helping Group Members Become Great Listeners

Teaching a critical relationship skill
Physical Presence Matters

Physical Presence Matters

Face to face time is important and small groups can help meet this need.
Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry

Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry

Communicate your message about small groups to church leaders, small-group leaders, and church members in a clear and compelling way.
Staying Connected to Your Church

Staying Connected to Your Church

Tools for getting and keeping your small groups connected to your church's mission
Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups

Exegesis and Hermeneutics for Small Groups

Practical information and tips to faithfully interpret Scripture together
Accountability for Church Leaders

Accountability for Church Leaders

Why and how to embrace this vital part of Christian life and leadership
Ministering to Struggling Small-Group Leaders

Ministering to Struggling Small-Group Leaders

A practical guide on preventing issues, dealing with specific struggles, and handling difficult conversations.
Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups

Spiritual Disciplines for Small Groups

Take your group deeper by practicing together.
Recruiting Reluctant Small-Group Leaders

Recruiting Reluctant Small-Group Leaders

Expert advice on a difficult (but rewarding) job
Launching a Lay Counseling Ministry

Launching a Lay Counseling Ministry

Ministering to hurting people is an important part of any church.

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
Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams

Devotions for Short-Term Missions Teams

Sharpen your spiritual focus with these eight readings.
Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples

Life-Changing Small Groups for Couples

How to minister effectively to a key demographic
Overcoming Growth Plateaus

Overcoming Growth Plateaus

Practical guidance for numerical and spiritual stagnation.
Making Small Groups Fun!

Making Small Groups Fun!

It's not just a good idea; it's necessary.
Creating Video Ads and Testimonies

Creating Video Ads and Testimonies

Use these helpful guidelines and insider tips to recruit new leaders and group members.
Launching a Church-Wide Campaign

Launching a Church-Wide Campaign

Yes, your church can pull it off!
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.
Effective Intergenerational Small Groups

Effective Intergenerational Small Groups

Consider moving beyond age segregation in your church communities.
Finding, Recruiting, and Training an Apprentice

Finding, Recruiting, and Training an Apprentice

It's both easier and harder than it sounds.
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.
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
Starting a House Church

Starting a House Church

Helpful advice from experienced leaders in the simple-church movement
Teaching in Smaller Groups

Teaching in Smaller Groups

Guidance for teaching in a Bible study, small group, or Sunday school class.
How to Prepare for a Bible Study

How to Prepare for a Bible Study

Practical tips for adapting an existing study or writing your own
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.
Hospitality in Small Groups

Hospitality in Small Groups

How to help your group members feel at home
Planning a Group Service Project

Planning a Group Service Project

This resource is full of practical tools for both group leaders and church staff.
Casting a Vision for Small Groups

Casting a Vision for Small Groups

Use these step-by-step resources to successfully spread the word in your church.
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader

Foundations of a Small-Group Leader

How to build and maintain a strong foundation for community ministry
Grow the Number of Small Groups in Your Church

Grow the Number of Small Groups in Your Church

Using addition and multiplication to expand your ministry
Effective Affinity Groups

Effective Affinity Groups

Train both new and experienced group leaders to build a successful community around affinity.
Reviving a Dying Small Group

Reviving a Dying Small Group

Use these resources to perform small-group CPR.
Improving Small-Group Accountability

Improving Small-Group Accountability

Help your groups find and maintain authentic relationships and spiritual growth.
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-Group Assimilation Strategies

Small-Group Assimilation Strategies

Bring church members into your groups, and group members into your church.
Coaching Small-Group Leaders

Coaching Small-Group Leaders

Practical advice for those who train, support, and encourage small-group leaders
Answering Tough Questions

Answering Tough Questions

How to handle seven difficult questions that are likely to pop up in your small group
Handling Conflict in Small Groups

Handling Conflict in Small Groups

Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly
Recruiting New Small-Group Leaders

Recruiting New Small-Group Leaders

Find the right people to lead your groups.
Stay Connected Through the Summer

Stay Connected Through the Summer

Make the most of summer—whether or not you take a break.
Ministering to Difficult Group Members

Ministering to Difficult Group Members

How to effectively lead a group without letting members' quirks get you off track
Effective Turbo Groups

Effective Turbo Groups

Learn about this method of training several new group leaders at once.
Soul Care

Soul Care

Principles and practices to care for your soul and your group members' souls
Become a Great Listener

Become a Great Listener

Practical tips for working on this essential leadership skill
Family-Friendly Small Groups

Family-Friendly Small Groups

Why you, and your church, should support the families of group members
Go Deeper with God

Go Deeper with God

Help your group connect with God through the ancient practices of contemplative prayer and lectio divina.
Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study

Leading a Great Small-Group Bible Study

How to move your group below the surface

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