In order to begin forming the boundaries of a successful small group semester, it’s always smart to start with the end in mind. How will you know when you have completed the form stage and are ready to move on to the fill stage? You have finished forming when you have confirmed the right number of groups for your upcoming semester and you know all the information necessary for listing each of those groups in the catalog and online. While this is simple, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds.
To officially consider any single group formed, you have to verify and approve answers to all of the following questions:
- Who is the leader of the groups? Is there a co-leader? Is there a coordinator?
- What is the topic or study? Book or video series?
- What appealing blurb will be used in the catalog and online to promote this topic or study?
- Where will the group meet? (This is a general location, not a specific address.)
- What day will the group meet?
- What time will the group meet?
- What type of group will it be? (General, women’s, men’s, college, artists’, etc.)
When you have confirmed this basic information for a group, you can consider that group ready for sign-ups!
– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from p.165-166 of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups.
Drawing from the startling success of small groups at The Journey Church, Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas debunk the myths, set the record straight, and show how church leaders can implement a healthy small group ministry that gets the maximum number of people involved and solves many of the important problems facing churches of all sizes. These practical strategies will produce life-changing results.
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