4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

Identifying and recruiting potential small group leaders is one of the most important things we do as pastors and leaders. We are wired to look for people who are immediately ready to lead—people who are mature relationally, developed spiritually, sound theologically, and smart biblically. The problem with that approach is looking for disciples instead of […]

An Experiment in Creating Parent Small Groups

This fall, we launched an experiment as a NextGen team. We’ve been wrestling with what it looks like for us to better partner with parents—to move beyond handouts and to work together. For us this has resulted in a small group experiment. For the past several months, our NextGen staff has been working on a […]

Are You Using This Toolbox for Leading Small

About five years ago I heard Orange had a new resource that helps train small group leaders, get them their lessons, and connect them with their few all from one phone app. Since I was spending an incredible amount of time every week editing group content, trying to find developmental materials, and trying to make […]

This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

Years in children’s ministry have taught me to always have an eye out for the best way to help volunteers succeed. Whether it be the way we set up a room, the method information is delivered, or the system of communication used, I am always looking for ways to equip and empower our volunteers. The […]

5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

We were in a quiet monastery in Ohio. I held a book in my hands that became one I’d revisit every year, required reading turned manifesto. It was a small spiritual formation class during my senior year of college. We were few, but the lessons we learned were many. The book we read was called, […]

Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Google search the word pastor (I know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone do that?), and the first thing you will find is this definition: “a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.” Merriam-Webster’s definition while similar, adds an important component: “a spiritual overseer; especially: a clergyman serving a local church or parish.” […]

The Postcard Challenge

At the beginning of the year, during one of our Sunday morning huddles, I offered every small group leader a simple challenge. I asked each of them to take a couple minutes after all of their kids had left, and get into the habit of writing a postcard to one kid in their small group. […]

Developing the Concepts for Leading Small

When I got my first job as a professional Christian there were two big strangely related tensions in my life. First, and obviously, I had a brand new job in a brand new culture in a brand new “industry.” Secondly, I wanted an iPad. Let me explain. My new job was challenging. My title was […]

Creating Small Group Traditions for Any Phase

We all have traditions. Some we may dread, like visiting an eccentric aunt’s home every Thanksgiving. Others we may cherish, like making gingerbread cookies with our kids every Christmas. No matter our feelings toward the various traditions in our lives, each one contributes an important role in our sense of belonging and value. We know […]

Prioritizing Relationships in Your Small Group Culture

Sunday Mornings . . . or Wednesday nights, or Sunday evenings. Whenever you meet, it’s essential to provide children and students with consistent weekly small group leaders. If you say small group relationships are a priority, this is how you act like it. I grew up in a church where everyone was on a rotation, […]

Leading Small With Leaders

by Courtney Templeton So you’ve got a team of volunteers. They’ve signed up, been trained, they know what to do in case of a fire, they know the in’s and out’s of how a 4th-grade boy’s brain works, they’ve got their T-shirt, they’re good to go. Now what? Now you focus on keeping them. One […]