10 Traits of a Healthy Small Group Ministry

Q: Do you run your small group ministry like a company or a family? I am currently working on plans to grow and improve the administration side of our small group ministry. While doing research, I discovered the following quote: “Your church and your ministry should be run like a family, not a corporation, government, […]

Are SMART Goals Holding You Back?

Q: Are you setting SMART goals and working to meet those goals as a part of your small group ministry? If you answered yes, that is terrific. Goal setting is important for you and your team. Goals provide many benefits including: Giving a roadmap to achieving your vision and mission Focusing your team on what […]

3 Ways to Have Great “Huddle” Conversations

Have you ever wanted to share ideas and learn from other Small Group Point People? Ever wish there was a way to connect with people and share wins and struggles with small groups? Good news! Spaces for this and friends like this exist in Small Group Network “Huddles!” Huddles are created for the purpose of […]

The Best 20 Conversation Starters & Ice-Breakers for 2022

I once read an article by Karen Wilk which challenged me think about the term ice-breaker. In the article she encourages people to use the term ‘community makers’ rather than ‘ice-breaker as it more accurately describes the aim of the activity – to develop community and connection in your group. I love that idea so […]

4 Scientific Reasons Small Groups Should Practice Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Gratitude is central to our walk as Christians. We see the important role it plays in relating with God and others.   In our modern age we have the benefit of science, […]

Confessions of an International Small Group Point Person

This is a message from one pastor leading the small group ministry in a church outside of North America. “There are many things that we have in common with our brothers and sisters in small group ministry in other countries. Yet, here are some pronounced differences between what we see in North American ministry and […]

Spiritual Rhythms

One of my favorite classes in my under-grad was Ministry Observation, which I took my freshman year. I know, it doesn’t sound super exciting or life changing by any means, but man…I loved this class! We would, as a class, visit various different churches in Southern California; write critiques and analysis papers about our experience […]

4 Influencer Imperatives in Small Group Leadership

Bill Hybels in his 2005 Global Leadership Summit address “These Things We Must Do” gave four points, imperatives, we as leaders must do.  He implored us to: Keep the vision clear Keep the people engaged Make your meetings memorable Pace yourself for the long haul This is a great list. It is simple and doable.  It can […]

5 Way to Connect with the Small Group Network on Social Media

As Small Group Pastors and Leaders we all share a common bond, connecting people into community and relationships.  Sometimes we are so busy connecting others, we find ourselves more isolated.  Here at The Small Group Network, we have several ways for you to connect with others socially, and this post will provide you the ways […]

5 Questions That Could Save Your Ministry

There’s no shortage of “answers” on the Internet. If you’re looking for opinions on any topic they are only a click away. However, after we wade through these so-called answers we often find ourselves scratching our heads and wondering, “Ok so now what do I do?” Colin Wright once said, “Ignorance is a temporary affliction, […]