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
How to Activate Your Small Groups in the Suburbs
Ever since Kerrick Thomas and I wrote the book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups, we get a lot of questions from readers wondering if the Activate (semester-based) small groups system will work in their setting, whatever that setting may look like. Perhaps the most common of these questions is “The Journey is in New York City, but … Read More
You Don’t Really Put 20 People in A Small Group, Do You?
This is Kerrick Thomas, Executive & Teaching Pastor at The Journey and co-author of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. One of many contrarian ideas behind the Activate small groups system has to do with the number of people you allow to sign up for any one “small” group. Nelson asked me to share some of the thinking … Read More
Q & A – Transitioning Small Groups
This is Kerrick Thomas (Executive Pastor at The Journey and co-author of Activate). I recently received these questions and Nelson asked me to share my responses with all of you. Q: We’re in the process of creating and launching a new small groups system at our church and I’ve found the Activate system to have great potential for us. Our … Read More
Q & A: CLASS Compatible with Activate Groups?
Q: I read in Activate how you should be a church OF small groups, not a church WITH small groups. And I agree. Here’s my question. Don’t classes 101-401 create drag on your small groups system? Or are your classes offered AS small groups? A: Great question! We do, indeed, use the Purpose Driven C.L.A.S.S. series (101, 201, 301 & … Read More
Q & A: How Big is Too Big for Small Group System?
This is Kerrick Thomas once again – Executive Pastor at The Journey and co-author of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups with Nelson. Nelson asked me to follow-up on the following question regarding the semester-based small groups that we use and recommend: We have been using one type of model for small groups (ongoing) and one type for … Read More
Small Groups Q & A – Transitioning
This is Kerrick Thomas – I co-wrote “Activate” with Nelson and he asked me to share this recent question and answer about transitioning small groups in a church with a more traditional structure: Q: Hello! I am currently reading your book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. I am the associate pastor at a Christian Church. We average … Read More
Free Small Groups Reading
I have been humbled by how many of you have purchased my book, Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. It has proven to be a useful resource to churches of all shapes and sizes in building a small groups system with 100% participation. I want to thank all of you who have already read and recommended it. Many … Read More
Q & A: Activate Webinar Follow-Up
This is Kerrick Thomas – Executive Pastor at The Journey and co-author of the Activate book with Nelson. Nelson and I recently led the Activate small groups webinar and he asked me to share my reply to this follow-up emails: Thanks so much for offering this webinar on the Activate small groups system. We like this system and have serious … Read More
Q & A: Moving to Semester-Based Groups
This is Kerrick Thomas – Executive Pastor at The Journey and co-author of the Activate book with Nelson. Nelson asked me to answer the following question about moving an existing small group system to the semester-based groups that we recommend: The question I have for you deals with our groups that have done really well. Five or six of our … Read More
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