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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How to Have Enough Small Group Leaders (Part 2)

Adam Bishop (Small Groups Pastor at The Journey) here again.  I shared yesterday that the key to identifying and involving enough small group leaders at your church is to make that process a priority for each of your current group leaders. The only way to get your group leaders to actively pray for new leaders, see potential leaders as Jesus … Read More


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How to Have Enough Small Group Leaders (Part 1)

Good morning!  This is Adam Bishop, Pastor of Small Groups at The Journey, and Nelson asked me to share some thoughts about a struggle that many churches face when it comes to small groups – finding enough group leaders! The first question I ask when a Small Groups Pastor shares this issue with me is “Does the system you are … Read More


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When to Start Small Groups in Church Planting

This is Kerrick Thomas (Executive & Teaching Pastor at The Journey and co-author of Launch and Activate. Nelson asked me to address a key question that we are often asked by church planters: When should we begin small groups? Our standard answer to that question is to wait until you have over 100 people attending before beginning small groups, but … Read More


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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


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Where Should Our Small Groups Meet?

We often get asked questions about where Small Groups should meet, what’s most effective and how important location is in planning for groups. I’ve asked Adam Bishop, our Small Groups Pastor at The Journey, to share some thoughts on where groups meet: Thanks Nelson — This is actually one of the most important topics that Kerrick and I address in … Read More


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Q & A – How many Small Groups?

Here’s a recent small groups question that I received.  I asked Adam Bishop, Small Groups Pastor at The Journey, to share his answer here: Q: Hey, our church has decided to move to the semester-based small groups system that you guys use. It really has us excited about small groups again and we’re trying to get ahead on our planning … Read More


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