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7 Tips for Connecting New Church Members

What do people feel in your church? Are they connecting? Or do they leave your church no better than when they walked in the door?

Leaderless Small Groups

“We started giving people permission to jump in. We’re asking for people who love people and love God. We want people who are willing to facilitate a healthy environment where connections can happen.”

3 Things New Believers Experience in Small Groups

By encouraging a new Christian to join a small group as soon as possible, the church can help foster consistent spiritual growth and prepare the individual to eventually utilize their own spiritual gifts for ministry.

Easy Small Group Food Ideas

My small group enjoys starting our time together in conversation while eating some snack foods. We rotate responsibility for bringing snacks to our gatherings.

4 Reasons Why Every Pastor Should Lead a Small Group

No matter what role I have been in, I almost always lead a small group—sometimes more than one group. I think every pastor should lead a small group. Here's why.

Calendaring: The Bane of Small Group Admin

Of the most frequent things we do, scheduling and calendaring seems like it wastes more time than anything else.

Transformational Change and Your Small Group’s “Brain”

If our relational life is what accelerates our ability to have transformational change and character growth, then does our church’s prioritization of its small group ministry reflect this?

Healthy Small Group Prayer: 5 Simple, Christ-Centered Practices

One of the things I realized was that you can tell how Christ-centered a group is by how they pray. Find out more about these Christ-centered practices.

12 Things Not To Say in a Small Group

I have witnessed these statements wreck the kind of community we’re all striving for in leading a small group.

Keys to Small Group Evangelism

What are the bridges of God? How does the gospel spread via small group evangelism to a lost and dying world? Donald McGavran wrote...

Summer Fellowship Is Strengthened in Small Groups

Many small groups tend to “take a break” for the summer, meeting for times of summer fellowship and fun. Why not encourage your small group members to make it a “Summer of Purpose?”

4 Creative Ways to Pray with Your Small Group

Prayer is a vital part of every Small Group gathering.  It is also a part that can sometimes become routine, especially if your group prays the same way every time.

How to Pray for an Hour in Your Small Group

How to pray for an hour in yor small group? Challenge them! Spend ten minutes praying about each of the six topics in this article.

2 Ways to Build Bridges to God

What are the bridges of God? How does the gospel spread from my small group to a lost and dying world?

4 Deep Bible Questions to Engage Your Small Group

By asking fewer, more strategic questions, deep Bible questions, you go deeper and involve more people in discussing and responding to God’s word.

A 3-Step Plan for Mobilizing Your Small Group Outreach

Small group outreach is essential to the health of your church. Here's a 3-step plan for how to mobilize your small groups for the mission.

The Secret to Leading an Amazing, Healthy Small Group

If a group is centered on a purpose and led by a focused leader, there is no greater tool for spiritual growth than a healthy small group.

7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship

"I wish I could go back in time and pull words out of the ears of my wife, children and friends, but in that moment, I was blind."

The Doubling Group Movement – A Worthy Goal

We can reach our nation for God with an army of small group leaders like you who long to see a doubling group movement. We can reach our nation for Christ.

Why I Quit Doing One on One Discipleship

Jim Egli: Although one-on-one is wonderful, I quit doing discipleship that way because it’s less effective and only impacts one person at a time.

Jessie Cruickshank: What the Western World Is Missing About Discipleship

Jessie Cruickshank joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share how brain science supports what the Bible reveals about how people are truly transformed—and what is lacking in the approach many church leaders take toward discipleship.

Articles for Small Group Leaders