small groups

One of the key differences between healthy growing and declining churches is that healthier churches have home-based groups as one of the primary ministries of the church. I sat down with Chris Suratt, author and small group expert at LifeWay Christian Resources, to learn how to develop leaders for effective home-based small groups.
One of the key differences between healthy growing and declining churches is that healthier churches have home-based groups as one of the primary ministries of the church. I sat down with Chris Suratt, author and small group expert at LifeWay Christian Resources, to learn how to develop leaders for effective home-based small groups.
19 Jun 2019

Developing Leaders for Small Groups – Episode 98 | The Unstuck Church Podcast

One of the key differences between healthy growing and declining churches is that healthier churches have home-based groups as one…

In a previous article, I described what the data is telling us about the differences between declining and growing churches when it comes to ministry reach. Today, I’ll focus on ministry connections. Here I mean some of the next steps we’re tracking in churches that happen after the weekend worship experience.
In a previous article, I described what the data is telling us about the differences between declining and growing churches when it comes to ministry reach. Today, I’ll focus on ministry connections. Here I mean some of the next steps we’re tracking in churches that happen after the weekend worship experience.
07 May 2018

Differences Between Growing & Declining Churches: Ministry Connection

In a previous article, I described what the data is telling us about the differences between declining and growing churches…

Imagine with me for a minute. It’s the middle of your small groups semester. You have signed up new leaders and launched your first all-church campaign. Things seem to be going great—until you start hearing about groups that are no longer meeting, leaders who have left the church, and members who are frustrated with your church’s latest attempt at creating community... so what happened?
Imagine with me for a minute. It’s the middle of your small groups semester. You have signed up new leaders and launched your first all-church campaign. Things seem to be going great—until you start hearing about groups that are no longer meeting, leaders who have left the church, and members who are frustrated with your church’s latest attempt at creating community... so what happened?
05 Mar 2017

5 Reasons Why Your Small Group Leaders Just Quit

Imagine with me for a minute. It’s the middle of your small groups semester. You have signed up new leaders…

Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, depending on whom you ask. Consider these ways this group of young learns differently, and start asking yourself some hard questions about how your ministry is going to need to innovate to connect with them.
Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, depending on whom you ask. Consider these ways this group of young learns differently, and start asking yourself some hard questions about how your ministry is going to need to innovate to connect with them.
05 Jan 2017

Preparing Your Group Ministry for Generation Z

Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early…

"A big reason why we have small groups is to close the back door of the church." Most church leaders would probably agree with this statement. After all, we know that if people are not connected in the church, they will eventually drift out of the church. So, we design our groups strategy to catch them as soon as possible. It is important that people in our church get connected in community, but we're missing a critical evangelism opportunity if that's our only plan for small groups.
"A big reason why we have small groups is to close the back door of the church." Most church leaders would probably agree with this statement. After all, we know that if people are not connected in the church, they will eventually drift out of the church. So, we design our groups strategy to catch them as soon as possible. It is important that people in our church get connected in community, but we're missing a critical evangelism opportunity if that's our only plan for small groups.
20 Dec 2016

Small Groups Can Be The Front Door Of The Church

“A big reason why we have small groups is to close the back door of the church.” Most church leaders…

If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike Bellanti and Northbrook Church in Richfield, WI have had by cutting programming and putting their energy into small groups. Mike was not available to be with us on that webinar panel, so I asked him to join me for a short interview to tell their story.
If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike Bellanti and Northbrook Church in Richfield, WI have had by cutting programming and putting their energy into small groups. Mike was not available to be with us on that webinar panel, so I asked him to join me for a short interview to tell their story.
08 Sep 2016

How Northbrook Church Cut Programs and Saw Small Groups Thrive

If you joined us for the Small Groups Strategies webinar this summer, you heard me mention the tremendous results Mike…

As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That even applies to small groups. A lot of churches look to groups to solve a discipleship plan void, but they don’t take the time to think through the implications of making them work.

Here are three reasons to think about possibly eliminating your small groups.
As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That even applies to small groups. A lot of churches look to groups to solve a discipleship plan void, but they don’t take the time to think through the implications of making them work. Here are three reasons to think about possibly eliminating your small groups.
07 Sep 2016

3 Reasons Why Your Church Should Stop Offering Small Groups

As church leaders, we can offer a thousand different options to our congregation, but it doesn’t mean we should. That…