What to Communicate to Your Small Group Leaders

Once you have confirmed a leader, it’s time to get busy nailing down all of the important details for their group, as well as important information about the leaders themselves. While you are in the process of collecting this information from your confirmed leaders, use the opportunity to communicate some important details to them. Make sure your small group leaders know the following:

The date and time for small group leader training. All leaders are required to attend this training no matter how many groups they’ve led in the past. If they absolutely cannot attend, they must make up the training by listening to it online or meeting personally with a staff person.

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Semester start and end dates. The start week is the same for every group, even though some groups might have a curriculum that is shorter or longer than others. All groups should last ten to twelve weeks.

The art of syllabus creation. Well, it’s not really an art, but it is a necessity. All group leaders are required to put together a staff-approved syllabus for their group. The syllabus simply lists meeting dates and indicates what material will be covered each week, usually detailed as a weekly reading schedule.

The date and time for the next membership class. Invite group leaders who are not yet members to sign up for the next membership class. Those who decide they do not want to become members within a semester or two after leading their first group will not be asked to lead again.

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– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from pgs. 184-185 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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