Growing a Group

Use the resources below to help grow your group into a healthy and God centered environment.

Reproducing a Group

Use the resources provided to help grow leaders in your group who will be able to lead a new God centered small group.

Launching a Group

Use the resources provided to help launch a healthy small group.

Leading a Group

Use the resources provided to help you in leading your small group.

Creating an Outwardly Focused Small Group

Small groups that become inwardly focused, concerned mainly about their own members, are unlikely to ever reproduce. It takes intentional leadership to help a small group develop a concern for those people who are not part of the group yet.

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How to Find New Group Members

Find new group members by looking for unconnected people, especially those you already have some relationship with.

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Train Your Group to Be Invitational

A great small group will be invitational, but it doesn’t happen by accident. Its leadership team must be intentional about helping the group reach out to people who aren’t there yet.

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Strategic Times to Invite

Every group should strive to be invitational. There are certain times in a group’s calendar where inviting is easier and makes sense.

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Going “Full Circle” as a Group

Just as individuals go “full circle” to maturity in Christ, small groups can also grow mature. In fact, people and groups become mature together.

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How to Make Your Group Welcoming to Guests

It can be intimidating to attend a small group for the first time. Will your group make guests feel welcome or weird?

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How to Avoid Being a Weird Small Group

If a group is weird or awkward, people will not come back. Here is how not to be weird!

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How to Identify Future Leaders

One key element of successful leadership is raising up future leaders. But how do we determine who we should give leadership attention and responsibility to?

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Training Leaders Like Jesus Did

Jesus is the epitome of a great leader. What kind of training did Jesus give his followers that prepared them to continue to change the world?

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How to Mentor Co-Leaders

Mentoring co-leaders is a vital practice in raising up people who can help others pursue God and who can lead future small groups.

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How to Prep for a Group or Mentor Meeting

Get the most out of your small group or mentoring time by preparing for your conversation ahead of time. Here are four simple tips…

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How Do I Start a Mentoring Relationship?

You have finished mentor training, and you are ready to take the next step and actually mentor someone.

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Creating an Outwardly Focused Small Group
How to Find New Group Members
Train Your Group to Be Invitational
Strategic Times to Invite
Going “Full Circle” as a Group
How to Avoid Being a Weird Small Group
How to Identify Future Leaders
Training Leaders Like Jesus Did
How to Mentor Co-Leaders
How to Prep for a Group or Mentor Meeting
Involving Others in Follow-up Conversations

 

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Pastoral Priority

It is imperative for every pastor to establish personal priorities. The best example of what those priorities should be is seen in the life of Jesus.