Small Groups

SMALL GROUPS

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ABOUT SMALL GROUPS

PURSUEGOD offers free online tools designed to help your church cultivate dynamic small groups that actually make disciples. You will find engaging curriculum for groups, along with training materials to help small group leaders succeed. All of these resources are totally free and easily accessible. Our digital library gives you the tools and methods to grow and reproduce great groups. Watch the video below for an intro, and scroll down to get started.

What are the advantages of PursueGOD small group curriculum?

  • Biblical. Lessons are curated by a trusted team of evangelical pastors.
  • Free. There is nothing you need to buy – ever.
  • Simple. One simple format unites all topics. It’s so simple anyone can do it.
  • Conversational. Discussion questions and related resources get people talking and exploring.
  • Practical. Lessons emphasize discovering truth with the purpose of changed lives.
  • Portable. You can prepare and lead straight from your phone or tablet.
  • Easy to Share. Our tools are easy to take home and to pass along to other people.

How does PursueGOD small group curriculum work?

  • Choose a topic or series from the hundreds of available life- and faith-oriented resources.
  • Send the link ahead for group members to view in advance.
  • Review the printed article and discussion questions before the meeting.
  • Show the short video in the group.
  • Lead the group through the discussion questions to discover truth together.
  • Talk about how to apply the truth to your lives.

Video: How to Lead a Small Group Discussion

What resources are available to develop small group leaders?

PursueGOD offers a complete introductory training series for small group leaders. We also have dozens of specific conversations that provide greater depth on all the elements of small group life. These topics are designed for training current and future small group leaders one-on-one or in teams.

Our training topics are organized into short tracks (see the Small Group Training Tracks page.) Each track includes 4-6 lessons on topics small group leaders will find helpful.

How does PursueGOD define success for small groups?

Some churches value small groups that foster close relationships. Others value groups that focus on Bible teaching. At PursueGOD, we also value those things, but we are aiming at something more. We believe that the healthiest and most successful small groups are those that are intentionally making disciples. As part of a church-wide discipleship strategy, successful groups develop attenders into leaders and disciple-makers. As this occurs, a healthy group will eventually reproduce itself by giving birth to a new group.

Video: Great Groups Must Be Intentional

How do small groups help make disciples?

PursueGOD small groups are intentional about certain practices that develop mature “full-circle” followers of Christ. Leaders invite everyone to participate in ministry. They look for and develop future leaders. Leaders mentor others in the group. As group members grow in their capacity, they begin to mentor others as well, within and outside the group. As the group incorporates new members, the process incorporates them into the process as well.

Video: What Makes a Small Group Great

What is the relationship between small groups and mentoring?

Every PursueGOD church has three basic mentoring environments: families, small groups, and individual relationships. Thus mentoring is an integral part of small groups. First, the basic tools for mentoring and leading a small group are the same. Second, small group leaders train new co-leaders using the mentoring method and tools. Third, small group leaders and co-leaders mentor members of the group as needed. Finally, small groups are a great vehicle for people new at mentoring, because they can start with the trusted relationships they already have in the group.

What resources do you have for developing a small group coaching system?

Small group coaches are mentors who help small group leaders succeed at developing disciples, with a vision to reproduce healthy groups. PursueGOD has training and resources to prepare coaches with the skills and attitudes needed to bring out the best in small group leaders.

Video: Group Coach Training Intro

HOW IT WORKS

Hey there! You've found one of our "Start Pages" at pursueGOD.org. In this section we'll explain how to use this page with a group or mentor. If you're already connected with a mentor, keep reading to learn how it works. If you need us to connect you with someone to help you pursue God, click here.

Before you start...

At pursueGOD.org, our mission is to empower conversations to help people pursue God. We believe that real life change happens when people have honest, informed conversations. But keep this in mind: no one can pursue God for you. If you've been invited into a mentoring relationship, your mentor is ready to invest in you. But don't make your mentor work harder than you. Be "all in" with your pursuit of God, no matter where you stand right now.

[Related: Where do you stand in your pursuit of God?]

The FLEX Method

So here's how to pursue God with our free online resources. We call it the "FLEX" method, and it takes just three simple steps:

  1. FIND A TOPIC. Browse our resources and pick a topic that you want to learn about (scroll down on this Start Page for recommended topics). All of our content starts with a short video and includes a summary article.
  2. LEARN ABOUT IT. This is where you take ownership. On your own, watch the video and check out the related topics as needed. Some people like to journal on the topic, going through the discussion questions ahead of time and taking notes. How you prep is up to you, but remember: no one can pursue God for you. You'll get out of this what you put into it.
  3. EXPLORE IT TOGETHER. This is where your group or mentor fits in. Get together in person or over the phone, and simply have a conversation. That's where real life-change happens: when people have honest, informed conversations.

And that's it. One topic at a time, discover the truth of the Bible. Talk about life, faith, family, and more. Our tools empower conversations so you can pursue God at your own pace. And when you're ready to go "full circle" in your pursuit of God, we recommend that you complete "The Pathway".

The Pathway

At PG, we want to see people around the world living out a full-circle pursuit of God: trusting Jesus, honoring God, and helping others pursue God. To help you to do this, we've put together a 10-week track called "The Pathway". It's an expanded version of our Foundations series, and it will guide you through the most basic steps you need to take to become a whole-hearted follower of Jesus. Go through The Pathway with your mentor, and soon you'll be ready to help someone else pursue God.

Ready to get started? Scroll down to explore some of our most popular topics in this particular category. For more information about pursueGOD.org, check out our About Page.

[See Also: Bible Reading Plans]

Getting Trained

At PG, we believe Jesus wants everyone to get in the game and start making disciples. Learn how to use our free resources for disciple-making on our Mentor Page.

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Great Groups Must Be Intentional

Small groups are designed to be places where growing disciples make other disciples. To accomplish that goal, groups must be intentional about several important priorities.

Leading Beyond the Weekly Meeting

The weekly small group meeting is important to master, but effective small group leaders have a ministry vision that goes beyond mere meeting management.

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.

3 Important Points for All Christian Small Groups

We cannot truly and fully live out the commands of the New Testament without developing Christian community. Christian community is not just about being “trendy” or being “on the cutting edge.” It’s about living out the NT’s vision of God’s people.

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?

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.

3 People Lists for Biblical Mentoring

Becoming a mentor using our online resources takes a bit of planning up front. Start by thinking through who is on your hit list, your active list, and your passive list.

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?

Small Group Host Training

A campaign rallies a whole church toward pursuing God. The small group you will host plays a vital role in releasing divine momentum in your church.

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We cover a broad range of topics for every area of life, adding new content almost every day.

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