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Concerning Small Groups…Some Things Worth Considering

If, like so many JH ministries, you have some sort of small groups kicking off this fall, here are a few things worth considering:

– consider making them highly experiential and interactive in nature: Small groups provide a unique opportunity for the learning to be more hands-on, interactive and experiential…..which all of us know make it more effective.

-consider making the experience as important as the curriculum: This fits well with the above thought. But what if plowing through the bible study wasn’t them primary goal? What if creating an overall experience that was memorable, stretching, and encouraging was the focus?

– consider letting each group “run at it’s own pace”: No two small groups are the same….so don’t expect them all to look the same, feel the same, and progress at the same pace. what if you train your leaders to feel confident gauging the pulse of their group, and customizing it accordingly?

-consider knowing the purpose of your small group program: some of my above considerations are informed by a specific s strategy for our small groups. As you consider these ideas,and a whole bunch of others that come your way, it is helpful to have settled a basic small group strategy to help guide you as you think about stuff.

What are some things you have considered concerning small groups?

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Kurt Johnston has been involved in junior high ministry since 1988 and is currently the junior high pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the author of Controlled Chaos: Making Sense of Junior High Ministry and Go Team! He loves providing resources for junior high ministry almost as much as he loves junior highers themselves.