Power Of The Invitation

I serve at a church that is a little less than two years old, and we have a 79% connection rate in groups. We also have less than 100 people attending on the weekend. I wanted to write this article geared more towards that smaller church leader. Whenever I talk with a new group leader […]

Are You a Paid Salesperson or a Satisfied Customer?

Arnold Kiburi, pastor of small groups at Karura Community Chapel in Nairobi, Kenya, and the leader of a Small Group Network huddle in that city, was my guest recently and we talked about his 11 years of leading small group ministries in several churches. Among the many topics we entertained was the issue of transparency. […]

Longevity in Leadership

Burnout is a very real problem for many ministry leaders. I know because I’ve been there. If you aren’t careful, burnout can be a devastating experience that could lead to quitting ministry altogether. God has brought me through more than one season where I needed to do some housework in my own ministry. As leaders, it is so […]

Splash Mountain Small Groups Hosted by Walt Disney

What if Walt Disney was a Small Group Host? This question was bouncing around in my head a few weeks ago as I enjoyed a family vacation to Disneyland! In fact, I started penning this post as I waited in line for over 60 minutes to ride the newly renovated “Hyper Space Mountain!” Tens of […]

Tips for Caring for Ourselves by Andrew Camp

With today being the first official day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I find it all too easy to already look past summer into the fall, when small groups will be back into full swing. After all I encouraged most of my leaders to take a break to replenish and care for themselves, so […]

The Key to Producing Passion in Your Small Group Leaders By Jon Noto

The last thing any small group point person wants is an indifferent or even apathetic small group leader. John Maxwell once said, “People may teach what they know, but they reproduce what they are.” A small group leader who is burned out or checked out creates or attracts the same. Many in the leadership world […]

God is Always at Work By Andrew Camp

Being a small group point person is hard. The items on my to-do list seems to always be growing and never shrinking. Meetings; vision-casting; recruitment; curriculum; encouragement; conflict resolution; endless suggestions. And let’s not forget, you are part of a staff team, paid or volunteer, and you must constantly navigate those waters. I seem to […]

5 Tips for Effective Leadership Meetings By Andrew Camp

Gathering your group together can be hugely beneficial to inspire and allow leaders to connect with one another. But effective meetings do not emerge, but require forethought and planning. Here are 5 tips I have learned from planning meetings with my small group leaders. Plan, set, and communicate the date well in advance. If the […]

11 Keys to an Effective Small Group Ministry by Judy Colegrove

Regardless of which small group model you choose for your church, there is no “right” way to do small groups and every church leader needs to evaluate which model fits best into their culture.  Although there are many books, articles, and blog posts telling us how to “do groups,” there are some principles that are […]