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Small Groups are essential in a new church
For pastoral care
For creating authentic community
For discipleship
For localized outreach
For ministry training
There are churches that want to do all these at Worship…
We call these…
First Steps of Small Group Development
-You started with a small group as the core
-How can you keep this going when you move
-Multiply by geography, or affinity, or day of week…
-Need new leaders & new ways to get people into
the groups…
-Start with a small group strategy that you can
keep building on rather than changing it drastically
-As you grow, how can you keep expanding the
number of small groups.
One of the Best Way to get many of your adults
in Small Groups is a “Church-Wide Initiative”
- where the message theme and the
- small group curriculum coincide
- many of these churches have more
adults in Small groups than attend Sunday
One to check out is “Chazown” by
This is a series that helps your people understand their unique vision for life
and ministry.
Go to and type in
Chazown. There is also a book by that title by
Craig Groeschel that can be used by the groups.
This is the Life Development Plan for
Another way to do small groups –
different strokes for different folks:
(4 Kinds of Groups: A.C.T.S.)
A = Affinity Groups – for fellowship & fun
C = Covenant Groups – Bible Study & growth
T = Task Groups – for Ministry & mission
S = Support Groups – Prayer & accountability
EG. Can your Ministry Teams all be “small
Primary Focus for meetings is T = Ministry
Secondary Foci make it a small group
A = Affinity for fun & fellowship
C = Appropriate Bible Study & training
S = Prayer for each other & training
This means your other groups major in their primary area, but
also have the other 3 areas as secondary foci.
How do you train and coordinate leaders?
Another way to offer small group options…
NewSong, Irvine, CA offers six options.
Each of their six types of groups has one area of
emphasis, but combine two other functions to
make it a small group ministry.
NewSong Leadership Handbook
How can you start new groups?
-Staffed Small Group booth in entry eg. Sanctuary list
-Give the 4 or 6 options
-Leader focused:
-Leader leaves to start new group
-Apprentice leaves with part of group
-Apprentice leaves to start new group
-Thematic focus
-Eg. “Doing Life Together” You
launch 6-week groups – often continue.
Another size of group: The “Community Group”
Different Sizes for Different Purposes
The Connecting Church, Randy Frazee
EGs: Axxis, C3, Northpointe (Atlanta)
or like youth ministries that
pack a house… or may work well in an urban or ethnic environment…
-Usually meet monthly by geographic region
-Help transition people from the “Crowd” to the “Cell”
or vice versa…
-Many small groups connect to a community group
-Offer a “congregational size” experience – 25+
or offer “Social Space” (see Joe Myers; The Search to Belong on 4 kinds of space)
-Usually led by a Lay Pastor
Purposes of Community Groups:
- to provide a more intimate worship
- to provide for pastoral care
- to provide a geographic option for
- to provide a safer, less threatening
place for guests to check out the
- to have mission & outreach
- to have a place for all ages
- to start small groups like Alpha or
Bible Studies
Have a strategy for…
1st time guest
(before, during & after the service)
2nd time guest – invite to community group
3rd & 4th time guest – Pastor’s Dessert
Key… How to turn attenders into members and
partners in ministry and mission
Connection time after the service
is important to helping people
Connection and Life Transformation
EG: C3
Have great coffee and snacks
and a celebrative atmosphere.

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