Here are some articles that I have come across over the past little while that I hope and pray you find both edifying and helpful. All of them pertain to small groups ministry. Be blessed!
Why Harvest Small Groups Are Different
This is a succinct article on the Harvest Bible Fellowship website that summarizes what Harvest Small Groups are all about — discipleship! The article unpacks 5 aspects of the discipleship ministry that takes place in small groups: (1) applying God’s Word, (2) genuinely caring for others, (3) authentic accountability, (4) praying boldly, and (5) serving one another intentionally.
Every Small Group Needs a Vision
“Your small group is destined to die a slow, complacent, even cordial death without direction. Good food and casual conversation might be staples of normal small group life, but they cannot be the substance. Too many groups meet week after week, month, after month without any clear mandate, and therefore without any clarity whether or not they’re fulfilling their purpose or really accomplishing anything…”
5 Common Small Group Myths (and the Truth to Help Transform Your Group)
Everyone enters small groups with differing expectations. Steven Lee gives 5 misconceptions that many people have upon joining a new small group. He debunks each of these misconceptions by responding to each myth with biblical truth. This is a helpful article that affirms what we’re trying to do in our small groups ministry.
3 Cross Training Exercises for Small Group Leaders
“Just as cross-training is valuable to the athlete, it is also valuable for a small group leader. Similar to cross-training for an athlete, cross-training for a small group leader is a combination of exercises designed to fully equip a potential leader to be used by God as an instrument to transform those in their small group…”
3 Functions of the Small Group Coach
In this article Garrett Higbee summarizes the role of a Small Group Coach (Flock Leader), explaining the importance of intentionally raising up and developing leaders.