Serving Together at the Worship Service

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work.

Asking your groups to serve together at the worship service at least once a semester is a great way to integrate groups into the complete life of the church. You can consider asking groups to serve no matter how many you have, but this will work especially well for churches with more than twenty groups. You’ll be giving your group members an opportunity to invest in the worship experience by serving in key volunteer positions, which will spark a feeling of responsibility toward the church. Relationships (small groups) and responsibility (serving) are two of the most important factors for assimilation.

So how does the serving work?

  • Identify the areas in your church where people with limited training can simply show up and serve. At The Journey, this means serving as a greeter, manning the refreshments table, handing out programs, or acting as an usher.
  • Assign each group to a worship service and give them a set time to show up for a brief training. We ask them to be there an hour before the service starts.
  • When the group arrives, give the training and assign people to specific roles.
  • Debrief after the service and ask how you could improve the experience.
  • Encourage the groups who serve to grab coffee or lunch together after the service.
  • Use this opportunity as a way to encourage people to serve on a regular basis.

– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from p. 290-291 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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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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