8 Ways to Enrich Your Small Group through Authenticity

The people who have made the greatest impact on me and my spiritual formation were authentic. They were real about their lives and struggles. They weren’t insecure or territorial. They weren’t image-conscious or secretive. Rather, they were humble risk-takers for the Kingdom, selfless advocates, and potential-seers. They weren’t threatened by other leaders or competitive with […]

A Prescription for Encouraging Your Small Group

We all need encouragement! That’s always been true, and as we continue to venture deeper into 2021, everyone is feeling the need for it now more than ever. Human-beings are hard-wired for encouragement. We need people who speak hope and build confidence into our lives so that we can consistently live in a manner that’s […]

8 Ways to Encourage Word-Driven Conversations

The Bible is the Word of God, and as the small group leader, it is imperative that you bring people back to it time and time again (Gal 1:11-12; 2 Tim 3:14-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21, 3:15-16). The Holy Spirit will use your intentionality in this way to bring the power of His Word to everyone’s […]

5 Tips for Becoming a Great Conversationalist

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Not everyone is a natural at making conversation. This is an important skill as a small group leader because your ability to converse helps people to feel more at ease and at home in your group. You can build your confidence in creating conversation that actually constructs community by applying these tips that ANYONE can […]

Don’t Miss Doing THIS for the New Year!

As we approach a New Year, thoughts turn toward the future and what’s next. If you’re having an end-of-the-year connect with your group members in-person or online, ask them: What does God want to do in and through our group this next year / season? Once you get a sense of what this looks like, […]

10 Ways to Unleash Creative Small Group Worship

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Although everyone would agree worship is an essential part of our spiritual life, many leaders wrestle with how to incorporate it into their group time without it feeling forced or awkward. One of the ways you can “break the ice” is to help your small group members expand their understanding of what worship can look […]

10 Ways to Ignite Fervent Prayer in your Small Group

prayer in small groups

Praying in a small group can be intimidating for those who haven’t done it before. You’d be surprised how many people are not used to praying out loud with other people around them listening in. This is an essential spiritual practice for all believers to develop because agreement in prayer among two or more believers […]

8 Practices to Help Newcomers Feel They Belong

Welcome visitors in small groups

When people visit your small group for the first time, they come with all sorts of questions: “Will we like it?”, “Will we connect with the people there?”, “Will this be helpful for us?” It can be intimidating for people entering a small group dynamic because they don’t know how they’ll be received, if they’ll […]

Fall Training How-To’s

fall small group leader training

Training is not a one-time exercise with group leaders. It is one among many facets of how you provide ongoing care and development for your leaders. This is important to remember as you look ahead to the fall and consider how you want to equip your leaders to start and stay strong with their groups. […]

5 Ways to Respect Everyone’s Time

respecting time

Whether you’re meeting in person or online, it’s important to honor the start and end time of your small group. Otherwise, group members can finish their time together feeling frustrated or fatigued. You don’t want people to feel trapped. Consequently, they either won’t return or they ‘stick it out’, which can make participating in the […]