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Too Much Success? 4 Ideas for Subgrouping Your Small Group


Gather your small group together as a whole first, open in prayer and read a Scripture passage together (depending on your series/study), then subgroup however you determine for discussion and questions.  Set a specific time for subgroup discussions, then resume together as “big group” and share key takeaways, so all can hear, and close in prayer.


Consider subgrouping once or twice a month.  Determine how you’ll subgroup, and where groups will meet. You’ll most likely need someone to offer a different home and someone to facilitate group discussion, which is great because this helps raise up additional leadership.  If space allows, this is a great opportunity to encourage the group’s outreach on these specific days, since more space is available. Encourage group members to invite a friend/neighbor, etc. Give this a try and see how group discussion goes, and how it impacts the group.


We all know the value of our relationships with one another. Why not encourage subgroups to meet up outside normal group meetings, such as for coffee or a walk/hike, or lunch, etc. A good way to break into smaller subgroups for this purpose, is to split up by locations. It can be easier to gather those who live closer together more often (rather than having to travel a further distance). Challenge your group to give this a try for the semester, maybe set a goal for 3 “in between” social gatherings among smaller subgroups.  Note any differences, and the impact this has on the group and relationships.

If your groups give subgrouping a try and find it a positive and beneficial experience all around, the issue of big groups will be minimized. Group leaders and members can get creative and think outside the box with subgrouping – there are no limits to what can be done! As always, encourage your groups to share ideas and resources, and be sure to collect stories that testify to the value of subgrouping (and smaller groups!).


This article on subgrouping originally appeared on smallgroupnetwork.com and is used by permission.