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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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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Do Ministry Teams Compete with Small Groups?

This is Kerrick Thomas – Executive Pastor at The Journey Church and co-author of “Activate” with Nelson. Nelson asked if I would take a moment today to address a common small groups question – the apparent “competition” between Small Groups and Ministry Teams. Recently, I’ve received two questions about this same issue and I wanted to answer each of them: … Read More


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How to Measure Your Small Group Attendance

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m a believer in measuring things. In fact, we like to keep track of all sorts of measurements at The Journey – from Connection Card completion rates to how many first-time guest books are given away each week. So, it seems natural that one of the questions I’m frequently … Read More


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How to Use “Play Groups” to Connect People to Your Church

In Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups, Kerrick Thomas and I lay out a proven system of semester-based, free market small groups that you can implement to see 80, 90, or even 100% participation in small groups at your church (we regularly see well over 100% of our weekly attenders involved in groups). However, we also employ a … Read More


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Top Tips for Transitioning to Semester Based Small Groups

Some of most commonly asked small group Questions come from those who are interested in (sometimes in the middle of) transitioning their existing traditional small groups to the Activate, semester-based groups system. We’ve asked Roy Mansfield – Pastor of Spiritual Development at Northstar Church in Panama City, Florida – to share what he has learned through the process of transitioning … Read More


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Should You Identify Small Groups by Age?

This is Kerrick Thomas here, Executive Pastor at The Journey and co-author of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. Nelson asked me share today about another one of the questions that people ask regularly when setting up their Small Groups System – the question of whether or not to identify small groups by age, or to ask it … Read More


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Don’t Miss The Activate Webinar – Tomorrow!

Hey – I don’t want you to miss out on The Activate Webinar that Kerrick Thomas and Adam Bishop are leading tomorrow (January 20) at 1:00 Eastern. If you’re currently doing semester-based (Activate) small groups or are considering them, this is a great training opportunity for you. Best of all, there are no travel plans required – you can join … Read More


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How to Have Enough Small Group Leaders (Part 3)

Adam Bishop again today, sharing the 3rd and final element to being sure that you always have enough small group leaders at your church. The final, and most important element in identifying and involving new group leaders is TRUST – You have to trust the judgment of the group leaders who are praying for and interacting with the members of … Read More


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