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52 Church Small Group Ideas to Encourage Fellowship

Here's a list of 52 fellowship activities that groups in my church have used through the years. This list is meant to serve as an idea starter for your group so you can come up with your own activities and plans for implementing them. The key is to do it together.

I Hate Small Group Ministry – Don’t You?

It's not easy to admit I hate small group ministry in a forum like this, but I want to peel back the curtain and get real with you: days or weeks will come where you feel this way.

Survey: The Powers and Pitfalls of Small Group Models

The 21st century church is confronted with a plethora of different small group models. Some of the most popular models at the moment fundamentally contradict each other.

Why Confidentiality Matters in Small Groups

How can you set up a safe environment that incorporates confidentiality? Consider following these five tips.

Three Ways to Make the Local Church Feel More Like a Family

Three simple things your church can do to feel more like a loving family and less like a stuffy institution.

Lessons From Narnia for Small Group Leaders

There is an overlooked insight into Small Groups that C. S. Lewis desperately wants us to get. And there are lessons from Narnia to teach us about small groups.

Spiritual Warfare and Small Groups

Spiritual Warfare and Small Groups: church leaders — including small group leaders — are on the front lines of the battle, where the smell of smoke, sweat, and blood always hangs in the air.

6 Strategic Discipleship Initiatives

We are working hard to provide elements at our church that raise people to be spiritually mature adults. We call these elements discipleship initiatives.

9 Tools for Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study

Life-changing Bible study: Having the right tools available can open a conversation around God’s Word that will eventually lead to discipleship.

Free eBook: 40 Icebreakers for Small Groups

These small group icebreakers are broken into two different sections: Getting to know you activities and group builders.

Hesed Attachment: Covenant-like Love in Small Groups

So important is the concept of hesed love for Wilder and Hendricks that they claim that “until we restore our loving attachments to God and each other, we are wasting our time doing ministry, church, or anything else for that matter.”

CHECKLIST: A 10-Point Small Group Evaluation Form

Getting ready for the next leg in your small group ministry adventure?  Maybe it’s time you took your ministry through my signature 10 point small group evaluation form.

8 Ways to Encourage Bible Centered Conversations

As the small group leader, there are things that you can do to bring people back to a Bible centered conversation and help them be more receptive to the Lord speaking to their hearts through it.

Effective Ministry Leaders Are Thieves

Recently, I heard my friend Mike Draper say that there are three types of football coaches: innovators, thieves, and the unemployed.

Small Group Advice: How to Double Your Class

You have heard of the person who said he would be original or nothing. He ended up being both. Don’t make the same stubborn mistake. You can double your class by learning from others.

Dealing With Needy People in Your Group

Neediness becomes a problem to address when it manifests in unhealthy ways.

Recruiting Group Leaders for Maximum Participation

When you recruits group leaders is just as important as how you recruit leaders. Timing is everything.

Building a Small Group Ministry is Like Building a House

Whether you are walking into an existing system with the task of renovating or charged with building a small group ministry, you can often face significant challenges that, on the surface, weren’t apparent.

Grow Your Ministry by Growing Your Leaders

Great ministries are built by great leaders. And great leaders aren't merely discovered, but developed by those who lead them.

How to Grow Small Groups – 5 Paradigm Shifts

While the phrase “Paradigm Shift” may be used and heard a lot today, the actual occurrence of one is still a rare sight, especially when considering how to grow small groups.

Kirk Cameron’s Children’s Book Rejected From Story Hour in Over 50...

Following the rejection of his book from public library story hours, Cameron urged parents not to "go home with our tail between our legs, crying in our Chick-fil-A soup, waiting for the rapture."

Bryan Loritts’ Best Advice for Church Leaders Struggling With Fatherhood

Dr. Bryan Loritts joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to encourage church leaders who are struggling with fatherhood and to share four important gifts all dads can give their kids.

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