100% Adult Participation in Small Groups is Possible!

Thank you to Bookshout for their recent 5-star review of the revised and expanded Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. Kerrick Thomas and I wrote this book together with the goal of helping churches build a small groups system that motivates 100% adult participation. We’ve been using these principles here in NYC for the last 16 years and regularly see … Read More


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John Wesley, Small Groups, and Becoming Students of the Word

The following post is from my good friend and John Wesley authority, Dr Bob Whitesel. I had the tremendous privilege of traveling with him on a UK tour to study the “Footsteps of John Wesley.” This immersion was so powerful that I invited Dr. Whitesel to speak for a half day on the church growth principles of John Wesley (we … Read More


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New Year’s Half Off Sale – Ends Friday!

As we wrap up this year today, I want you to kick-start 2015 with maximum energy and impact! My first resolution is to help you do exactly that by equipping you with the resources you need – so I’m giving you dozens of my most powerful training resources for up to 50% off in the BIG NEW YEAR’S HALF OFF SALE! There are over … Read More


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Maximize Summer By Being Creative With Small Groups (Part 2)

Summer small groups are also an ideal way to raise up new group leaders, for two reasons. Number one, many of your regular leaders will want to take the summer off. In fact, we encourage a summer break. You don’t want leaders to get burned out. And through their break, you open up the opportunity for people who have never led before to step in. … Read More


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Maximize Summer By Being Creative With Small Groups (Part 1)

Many churches decide to take a break from small groups during the summer, which is a perfectly legitimate thing to do. But if your structure allows for it, summer groups can be extremely effective for getting new people plugged in… especially if you do them creatively. The summer weather gives you and your group leaders the opportunity to plan lots of fun groups that … Read More


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Groups Pastor Wanted @ The Journey in South Florida

We’re looking for just the right “A” player to fill a key pastoral position here at The Journey Church – Boca Raton We’re looking for a Groups/Teaching Pastor to join our team – Don’t apply unless you love semester-based groups & Nelson Searcy’s book Activate! However, if you’re passionate about groups and willing to devote yourself to “giving the people of South Florida … Read More


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How to Deal with “Inappropriate Sharers” in Your Small Groups

Roy Mansfield here – Pastor of Spiritual Development at Northstar Church in Panama City, Florida, Senior Pastors Coaching Network Alumni and regular guest on Nelson’s blog. Quick post for you today about how to handle an awkward and difficult situation that occurs from time to time in your small groups… What would you do if someone in a mixed (men & … Read More


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How to Get Someone in A Small Group to Stop Talking

Roy Mansfield here – Pastor of Spiritual Development at Northstar Church in Panama City, Florida, Coaching Alum and regular guest contributor to Nelson’s blog… The only thing worse than failing to get “undertalkers” in your small group to start talking is failing to get “overtalkers” to stop talking. Here’s a few tips on how Jesus might have helped someone in … Read More


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Free Download! The Journey Church Growth Group Catalog – Spring Edition

I woke up this morning feeling generous! Our South Florida location is about to celebrate it’s First Birthday this Sunday and I thought I would give YOU a Birthday present, a copy of our 2012 Spring Growth Groups Catalog! Many churches have benefited from the Semester-Based “Activate” model of Small Groups. Each semester, we allow the people in our church … Read More


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How Do You Minister to Youth through Your Small Groups?

This is Kerrick Thomas – Executive Pastor at The Journey Church and co-author of “Activate” with Nelson.  Nelson asked me to address a common small group question today on the blog. The question is “How can we minister to youth through the Small Groups System?” When it comes to youth and semester-based Activate small groups I’ve seen it work effectively in two ways: 1 … Read More


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