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The Perfect Small Group: 4 Ps to Get You Closer

Okay, so the title of this post is a stretch; I realize there is no “perfect” small group. That said, here are four principles below that truly contribute to a great small group experience.

1. Be Prepared

Small group members should be prepared when they arrive for their group. Many people will think this applies to the use of certain curricula, but being prepared is much more than doing homework! Being prepared applies to the daily spiritual life of group members! Going to church once per week does not produce dramatic spiritual growth. Simply adding one more ingredient like a small group won’t make much difference either. Ongoing encounters with God make people grow spiritually. Group members should always be encouraged to spend time with God throughout their week. This is their primary “preparation” for a small group gathering.

2. Be Present

People who join a group and don’t come regularly will not grow as consistently as those who are committed to being there every time. Remember, Hebrews 10:25 commands (it doesn’t suggest) us to “…not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” This doesn’t mean we should be legalistic about group attendance, but it does mean that that we should take it seriously. Remember, God not only created us for a personal relationship with Jesus, but He also created us for a corporate relationship with Christ! As followers of Christ, something amazing happens when the faith of two or more people are combined: our faith is multiplied. This is because faith is contagious. When we are around others who have faith, we catch it, and our own faith is boosted! This is why being present is one of the things that makes small group discipleship work.

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Alan Danielson is the Lead Pastor of a church that’s probably a lot like yours. New Life Bible Church is a church of a few hundred people, but not long ago he was on the executive staff of Life.Church in Edmond, OK. Now, along with pastoring New Life, Alan is a consultant and has worked with many of America’s largest churches. Despite this, Alan has a passion for the small church. That’s why he lives by the personal conviction that no church is too small for him to work with. Alan founded Triple-Threat Solutions to help leaders of and churches of all sizes grow. Learn more from Alan at http://www.3Threat.net.