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Small Group Leader’s Guide: How to Make Things Not Awkward

We’ve all been to them: awkward small groups. For one reason or another, something wasn’t clicking.

7 Tips for Leading Small Group Worship

The two most significant barriers to having meaningful worship in small groups are musical leadership and the misconception that worship is synonymous with music.

16 Small Group Roles to Share Ownership With Everyone

One of the best ways to make your small group more healthy and exciting is to share ownership with everyone through small group roles. 

After Easter: 3 Steps to Launch New Groups

With Easter 2023 just about as early as it can possibly be (April 9th), there is still plenty of spring left before summer to launch new groups.

How Small Groups Bring Redemptive Relationships

Within minutes of the group starting, I’m overwhelmed; not by the stress of another activity on the schedule, but by the sheer blessing of redemptive relationships.

How to Fill Your Small Group With Encouragement

Encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts explicitly referenced in the New Testament. It’s so important that God tells us it should be a daily practice.

5 Ways to Deal With A Gossip Group

Small group gossip, as benign as it might seem, is a missile that will sink the whole ship. Who would ever share another prayer request or personal issue in front of someone they feel they can’t trust?

How Not to Be Discouraged With Church People

If disappointment is inevitable, how do we avoid the awful emotional turmoil that often follows when dealing with church people? One word: expectations.

God’s Strategy for Success

This is part of God's strategy: successful people learn from their failures. They learn from their mistakes. Unsuccessful people give up after their first failure.

Helping Small Groups Learning to Pray Out Loud

We have all been there. You come to the end of the meeting. You ask, “How can we pray for you this week?”  Most...

Get Along With God and Others: 11 Biblical Precedents

The God of the Bible is deadly serious about the work of getting along - with both others and how to get along with God.

Select FIT Leaders – Faithful Intentional Teachable

Through discussion with our staff team, we’ve chosen F.I.T. (faithful, intentional, teachable) as our criteria, because it reflects our desire to develop spiritually FIT disciples who will reproduce in the lives of others.

How to Make Your Own Community Calendar

Heling people can connect reveals that biblical community is an actual value of your church, projects your leadership expectations, and helps people to prepare. Start by designing a community calendar that includes no less than three church-wide opportunities per year for people to get plugged in.

What to Do If Your Small Group Is Too Big

Determining when a small group is too big is not as easy as it may seem.

11 Great Online Small Group Resources

Where can we find good small group Bible studies? What small group curriculum should our groups study? These are questions I frequently get asked at small group workshops and in conversations with pastors.

5 Keys to Men’s Small Groups

Andy Lie offers suggestions from his successful experience starting, renewing and maintaining men's small groups.

Online Small Groups – Which Method is Best?

When you think about types of online groups today, consider these two questions: What is the purpose of the group? How can groups meet online?

Treating Small Group Infections

There are at least three potential small group infections that we not only need to be on the lookout for, but to aggressively fight against and treat.

How To Be an Effective Bible Teacher in a Small Group

As a small group leader --and in order to be an effective Bible teacher -- you have to get the text in front of them.

Small Group Planning – How Often Should We Meet?

What’s better: 52 weeks per year, 36 weeks, 18 weeks? Should discipleship stop for Christian holidays? Here is some direction to navigate small group planning.

‘We Didn’t Hate Him’—SC Pastor Leads Man Suspected of Setting Church...

Brandon Greene (18) was arrested for setting fire to two church vans in Pauline, South Carolina. While Greene sat in jail, Pastor Kiah Graves of Philadelphia Baptist Church chose to visit the suspect.

Benjamin Conner: The Changes Church Leaders Can Make To Learn From...

Dr. Benjamin Conner joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share lessons God has taught him about doing ministry alongside people with disabilities and the steps church leaders can take to be supportive of that community.

Small Group Leaders How To's