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Are You “Brutally Honest” about Your Small Group Ministry?

brutal xrayAre You “Brutally Honest” about Your Small Group Ministry?

How honest are you about your own small group ministry? You know…about how things are going…really?

Are you brutally honest?

In his best-selling book Good to Great, Jim Collins introduced the “discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

“You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts. The good-to-great companies operated in accordance with this principle, and the comparison companies generally did not.”

Today I want to talk about a very important step in the preferred future process. Just as important as identifying and describing your preferred future, being honest about how things really are today is absolutely essential. Only with real honesty, brutal honesty, can you begin to design the strategies that will help you get from where you are (your present) to where you want to be (your preferred future).

Brutal Honesty About Your Present.

Sounds harsh.  Brutal even.  But without an honest evaluation of right now, you can’t possibly build an exponential system.  So how do you evaluate your present?  What are you looking for?

Here are some of the questions I use:

First, Is group life promoted year-round as an essential ingredient of spiritual growth?  So that we’re clear, here’s what I mean about each of these terms:

  • Group life must be a life-on-life activity.  It can’t be a purely educational experience.  It’s about interaction.  Can it happen on Sunday a.m. in a classroom setting?  It can, but it will take work to create the right environment there.  At the same time, it takes work to create the right environment in a living room.
  • Group life must be promoted.  By promoted I mean talked about, highlighted, mentioned, and referred to.  It needs to happen in your pastor’s messages, in announcements, in testimonies, on your website, your e-newsletter, and your bulletin or program.
  • Group life must be promoted all the time, not once a season or when it’s recruiting time, and certainly not in a kind of rotating emphasis where equal time is given to every ministry or program.  This is a very important question about where you are right now.  Without year-round promotion, you can’t get to exponential.
  • Group life must be seen as an essential ingredient of spiritual growth.  From a practical standpoint, it really needs to be seen as one of a very few essential ingredients.  What are the others?  Gathering for corporate worship and serving in a gift-based, passion-driven ministry.  You’ll have difficulty getting to exponential if there is much there beyond those three.

How are you doing so far?  When you evaluate the way things are right now in your ministry, is group life promoted year-round as an essential ingredient of spiritual growth?

The next diagnosis question is: How obvious is the path to connect with a group in your system?  In other words, once I begin hearing about how essential group life is, will my next step be obvious?  Can I see it prominently promoted on the website?  Can I walk out into the lobby right after service and see what to do?  Is the next step obvious?

Next, how easy is the first step?  Can I take a baby step?  Or do I have to be a world record long jumper like Carl Lewis?  An example of easy is a six week test-drive on a timely and broadly engaging topic.  An example of a difficult first step is Experiencing God or The Truth Project.  Great studies, but at 12 to 14 weeks are too long for a first step.

Last, does the first step lead to a next step?  This is a very important part of getting to exponential.  It’s not that every group must survive or every person who joins continues.  It’s that you’re doing what you must to build in the greatest possibility of survival.

A Truly Brutal Diagnosis

A thorough diagnosis of your present would include an honest conversation about much more. There would be questions about the legitimacy of your coaching efforts. You’d have to assess whether you are truly making disciples or simply connecting people? You would have to look deeply into the reasons you’ve connected some but not others.

A thorough diagnosis of your present would also include a careful look at all the elements that effect small group ministry. For example, what does communication look like in your church? How effectively do all of the communication ingredients work together to present a clear sense of the next step you want unconnected people to take? Are you presenting a pathway that is easy, obvious, and strategic? Or are you really pointing unconnected people to a confusing buffet?

While communication is an important element to diagnose, there are many others. Here are a few more:

  • How committed is your senior pastor to the role of small group champion?
  • How confusing is your current menu of connection and discipleship options?
  • How adequately are you resourced for small group ministry? When you look at staff, budget, room allocation, lobby presence, and website presence can you tell that small group ministry is a priority? Or are you really prioritizing everything and nothing at the same time?

Your Next Step

Your next step is to pull together a conversation about how things really are right now in your ministry.  You’ll need the right people around the table.  It will take time.  You’ll have to be honest.  But here’s the thing.  You’re kidding yourself if you think you can get to exponential from just anywhere.  You need to rearrange the way things are today if you want to get somewhere different tomorrow.

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Further Reading

How to Manage the 5 Tensions of Connection

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How to Manage the 5 Tensions of Connection

Connection between people is a little bit of mystery smack dab in the middle of a lot of predictability. It is mostly about managing the 5 tensions of connection. The 5 tensions are driven by things that seem true and good to everyone except unconnected people.

Here’s what I mean:

Connection is easiest when everyone is new. This is why it’s more effective to form new groups than to add new members to existing groups. I’ve said many times that once a group is 4 to 6 months old it begins to form a nearly impermeable membrane that prevents the easy connection of new members. Once that membrane forms the only new members that can break through are friends of existing members or the least self-aware and most brazen extroverts imaginable.

On the other hand, when everyone is new, no membrane exists. Barriers haven’t formed. Pecking orders aren’t established. It’s a level playing ground.

Tension #1: It will always be easier to send new members to existing groups. It is more productive to launch new groups.

If you want to connect unconnected people you need to focus on launching new groups. See also, Top 5 Ways to Start New Groups. Lots of New Groups and Critical Decision: Add Members to Existing Groups vs Starting New Groups.

Connection is easiest when everyone is similar. The closer the affinity the easier it is to connect. True, there are some who are looking for an intergenerational group. Trust me, they are the exception. The easiest connections happen between people with common interests and similar life-stages.

While it is often true that greater diversity leads to a richer form of community, it is not automatic and it doesn’t form quickly enough to make connection likely.

Tension #2: It is easier to connect without intentionality. It is more work and harder work to design events and connecting opportunities that take advantage of affinity.

If you want to connect unconnected people you need to look for strategies that connect affinity, the closer the better.

Connection is easiest when the topic of study is customer-focused. That may seem an odd way of expressing the idea, but it is never harder to connect unconnected people than when the topic of study is only interesting to the people who chose it. Just like trying to get your children to eat their vegetables, telling them to eat it because “it’s good for you” is not helpful. See also, Does Your Topic Connect with Your True Customer?

Tension #3: The loudest voices are always the already connected minority. Unconnected people have little or no voice. Finding ways to learn their interests is a very important responsibility.

If you want to connect unconnected people you must keep their interests and concerns in mind and choose study topics that naturally appeal to them.

Connection is easiest when it’s convenient. Unconnected people are almost always the least motivated to connect. They have other priorities. We may believe they have the wrong priorities…but they are their priorities. Removing the barrier of inconvenience is essential. The day and time of your connecting event matter. The format of your event matters. Providing childcare matters. Inconvenience is in the eye of the beholder.

Tension #4: The most convenient design for unconnected people is almost always less convenient for staff and key volunteers.

If you want to connect unconnected people you need to create opportunities that are convenient to them.

Connection is easiest when it is a good value. Remember, unconnected people are almost always the least motivated to connect. The cost must seem to be a good value to them. If you’re going to subsidize anything, subsidize the cost to sign up for a first connection opportunity. Design your programs to make it easy and extra affordable for unconnected people. Their very first steps are the most difficult.

A good value is about more than the financial impact. Does it feel like a good use of their time? Does the sign up process and the event itself feel like a good use of their time?

Tension #5: Your budget will almost never drift it’s way into prioritizing unconnected people.

If you want to connect unconnected people you need to make connecting seem like a very good value for their money, time and effort. See also, Budgeting for the Preferred Future.

What do you think?  Have a question?  Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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How To Build an Annual GroupLife Calendar – 2016

annual calendarHow does calendar planning happen in your world?  Maybe the question should be, “does calendar planning happen in your world?  Let me tell you, whether you are naturally a planner or you will only plan when it’s done for you or you’re forced…calendar planning is a key to small group ministry effectiveness.  Here’s why it’s important and also some keys to doing it well.

Why Calendar Planning Is Important

Although you may be be a play-it-by-ear type when you’re on your own, when you’re leading a ministry that involves a lot of people you’ve got to take the needs of a lot of people into consideration.  Another very important reason that calendar planning is important is that we’re all competing for the attention of leaders.  If you want your ministry to catch and hold the attention of leaders…you’ve got to plan ahead.  Enough about why, here’s how to put together an annual calendar.

How To Build an Annual GroupLife Calendar

  1. Keep in mind that there are two kinds of events that will go into your annual calendar.  Connecting events and strategies should be dropped in first.  Right on their heels you’ll want to put in training and encouragement opportunities for both leaders and coaches.
  2. The first step is to put in the biggest of the big connecting rocks.  For most of us, that will be to plug in the dates of a fall church-wide campaign and all the pieces that go with it.  Most of the time that will include things like host recruiting, host orientations, and coach recruiting and training.  I’ve also found it to be helpful to plug in a mid-campaign leader’s meeting for encouragement and to guide leaders of new groups into a next curriculum.  The best time for this is usually end of September or the first of October. See also, Behind the Scenes: Developing a Time-Line for Your Church-Wide Campaign.
  3. Another very big rock that needs to be placed is an event or strategy that will help unconnected people find a group in late January or early February.  In most cases the best strategy to connect people is a small group connection.  It’s always a good idea to build in at least 2 weeks of promotion before the event.  Also, you’ll want to plug in a new leader’s orientation no more than 10 days after the connection. See also, How to Launch New Groups with a Small Group Connection.
  4. The last big connecting rock is often an opportunity to connect people after Easter (especially an early Easter).  Again, it makes sense to promote the event at least 2 weeks and choose a curriculum that will interest unconnected people.
  5. It’s often a good idea to put in a connecting event for women following Mother’s Day and also men following Father’s Day. See also, Taking Advantage of Special Days to Launch New Groups.
  6. With your connecting events in place…step back and look at the calendar.  Next, you’ll want to drop in some encouragement and training for your leaders.  Although the idea of a monthly leadership community has been the model for some churches, I’ve rarely found that to be a workable idea.  Instead, consider planning 2 annual training/encouragement opportunities that are centralized.  Do everything else as decentralized events in the homes of coaches or leaders. See also, FAQ: How Are You Training New Leaders These Days? and Skill Training: Equip Your Coaches to Develop and Disciple Leaders.
  7. I’ve found two leader gatherings a year to be about all that can be pulled off.  Early February is often a good time to schedule a Friday evening, Saturday morning event.  It can be done at a retreat center or right on campus.  Get your senior pastor involved in a time of vision and encouragement on Friday night.  Use Saturday morning for a combination of huddle and skill training.
  8. Another good time to drop in a leader training and encouragement event is at the mid-point in your fall church-wide campaign.  This allows you to build into the lives of new hosts and experienced leaders.  Use the first part of a 90 minute event to allow your pastor to cast vision, tell stories and make heroes.  Gather your leaders at tables with their coach (or by affinity) for encouragement for the middle segment.  Dismiss to separate venues for appropriate skill training. See also, Watch Saddleback’s Most Recent Host Rally.
  9. Once you’ve got the big rocks of connecting and leadership encouragement/training in place…begin to promote an annual view of small group ministry.  Use the website.  Hand it out at meetings.  Have it with you everywhere you go.

The most important key to planning…is to get started right away.  The sooner you get your big rocks in place and publicized, the sooner you’ll see the benefits of planning.

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5 Simple Things You Can Do TODAY That Lead to More Groups This Fall

TODAY5 Simple Things You Can Do TODAY That Lead to More Groups This Fall

You may not realize this, but the things you do in May and June often predetermine how it goes in September.

The things you do in May and June often predetermine how it goes in September.

With that in mind, here are 5 simple things you can do today:

  1. Make a list of small group leaders who could help 2 or 3 new small group leaders get off to a good start. It’s not complicated. Think through your small group leaders and simply ask the question, “If they came alongside 2 or 3 newbie leaders for the first 8 to 10 weeks of their new group…would it make a difference?” Make a list of the leaders for which that is true and invite them to help you launch some new groups this fall. By the way, this is the essence of what I do to recruit potential coaches. See also, Recruiting Additional Coaches for Church-Wide Campaigns.
  2. Invite your existing groups to take a small group vacation. Right now is the perfect time to cast a simple vision to your existing small group leaders and group members to consider taking a vacation from their small group this fall. Instead of meeting together as a group of 12, would they consider pairing up with another couple or a few others and help launch a new group? Just for the six weeks of a new study. Then they can go back to their original groups. That’s the essence of the small group vacation strategy and it leads to more new groups all day long. See also, Take a Small Group Vacation.
  3. Think through the members of your existing groups. Try to identify 10 to 20 members who really should be leading a group. The fewer groups you have today the easier this assignment is. It’s very common for your largest and most successful small groups to have several potential leaders in them. Often these potential leaders serve in another ministry and view their group as the way they “get fed” or cared for. Once you have your list of members who should be leading groups, ask them if they’d be “willing to help get a new group started, just for a six-week study, then they can go back to their group.” Assure them that you’ll help them identify a leader from the group they gather. This is a slight variation of the Vacation idea. I’ve used this in combination with the small group connection strategy to help jump start new groups. See also, How to Launch New Groups Using a Small Group Connection.
  4. Look ahead at the sermon series and messages planned for August and early September. The 6 weeks from early August through mid-September provide the best opportunities to craft special “asks” for small group HOSTs and unconnected people. Well-crafted and even scripted “asks” or invitations will help more people say yes to “inviting a couple friends to do the fall study with them.” Carefully developed challenges will help more unconnected people respond to the opportunity to join a group that is using the study that goes along with our fall message series.” See also, Saddleback Changed the Church-Wide Campaign Game…Again and How to Make the HOST Ask: The 2012 Version.
  5. Think through your existing small group leaders and small groups for inspiring stories. Few things are as motivating as the inspiring story of a small group leader who said “yes” and then felt God’s “well done.” Or a small group member who finally said yes to joining a group and then God used that group to meet their needs in the way only community can. Adding these “stories” to the HOST ask and join a small group invitation will have an exponential effect on outcomes. See also, How to Develop Video or Live Testimony that Recruits Members or Leaders.

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True or False: Leaders with Apprentices Leads to More Groups

True or False

True or False: Leaders with Apprentices Leads to More Groups

What do you think? Would you answer true? Or false?

Not sure?

Early in my ministry I attended a small group ministry conference at Willow Creek. At that conference I learned that “healthy groups grow and birth” and every small group leader needs an apprentice so that groups can grow and birth (multiply).

While at that conference I also learned that Willow had been profoundly influenced by Carl George’s Meta Church model. Naturally, I devoured Carl’s book and spent the next several years applying what I learned from it. See also, The Meta Church Small Group Model and Prepare Your Church for the Future.

At about the same time I attended a Fuller Church Growth conference and heard Jim Dethmer teach about leadership and vision. Jim shared a well-known fable about a man being rewarded by a king for something he had done. In the fable the man asks the king to give him a single grain of wheat and then double the amount every day for 64 days (like filling up the squares on a chessboard). The man ends up owning all the grain in the kingdom. The fable explains the power of multiplication or geometric progression. You can read more about the origin of the fable right here.

Over the next few years I insisted that every group leader and every coach in my small group ministry have an apprentice. Apprenticing was an important part of my strategy for developing leaders and multiplying groups.

But…and this is important…I eventually realized that apprenticing doesn’t actually lead to more groups. Or rarely leads to more groups.

Here’s what I believe about apprenticing:

Apprenticing can be a powerful leadership development practice. When legitimately practiced and honestly applied, apprenticing is a leadership development pipeline with great potential.

Don’t miss what I’m saying here. Legitimately practicing and honestly applying the practice of apprenticing means much more than filling in a name in a box or an org chart. If all you are doing is requiring every leader to provide the name of his or her apprentice…you have more than missed the mark.

Apprenticing as a group multiplication strategy is most effective in slow-growth situations. If you’ve already connected most of your average adult weekend worship attendance and you can wait 12 to 18 months for your next new group to open up to new members…apprenticing may be an adequate strategy. If, on the other hand, a high percentage of your adults are unconnected, depending on existing groups to “grow and birth” as your primary method for group multiplication is irresponsible.

Whether your church is experiencing slow growth or fast growth, apprenticing is important but there are other strategies for launching new groups that allow for more rapid leader identification. See also, 8 Secrets for Identifying an Unlimited Number of Leaders.

What do you think?  Have a question?  Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

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Is It Time for a Small Group Ministry Checkup?

checkupIs It Time for a Small Group Ministry Checkup?

Most of us have probably had days when we’ve woken up feeling a little off. There’s that feeling that something is not quite right, but we wouldn’t say we feel sick…just not quite right.

You know the feeling?

Now, sometimes that feeling just goes away. Maybe after a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee.

Sometimes the feeling that something is not quite right turns into something more, but still not serious. Like a summer cold or an upset stomach from eating too much popcorn and junk food while binge watching Breaking Bad.

And occasionally that feeling that something is not quite right turns into something a little more serious. Or even a lot more serious.

When it comes to the way we feel, we know when it’s moved beyond feeling a little off.

When it comes to our health, most of us know when it’s time for a visit to the doctor. Most of us.

Can you tell when your small group ministry is a little off?

Can you tell when your small group ministry is a little off?

How do you know? What are the symptoms?

In an earlier article I suggested that the 5 signs of a healthy small group ministry were:

  • An increasing total number of groups.
  • An increasing total number of adults in groups.
  • An increasing percentage connected.
  • A decreasing average age of groups.
  • An increasing percentage of group leaders actively connecting with a coach.

Can you tell when your small group ministry is more than a little off?

So…how can you tell if your small group ministry is more than a little off? And how can you tell if it’s a little thing (like a summer cold) or a serious problem (like cancer or an immune disorder)?

I think your ability to recognize the difference between a little off and something more serious is mostly about knowing what healthy feels like. See also, 5 Symptoms of a Healthy Small Group Ministry.

But I also think your ability to recognize when your small group ministry is more than a little off has to do with clearly seeing the preferred future and discerning whether you’re there yet. Or on the way there. Or heading in the wrong direction. See also, What Is Your Small Group Ministry Designed to Do? and Start with the End in Mind.

Can you tell? Do you know what you’re looking for?

Sometimes, the truth is we’ve forgotten what it feels like to feel right. That moment when someone says, “I think you need to go to the doctor.” Maybe even the moment when they insist and tell you to “get in the car and I’ll go with you.”

But what about your small group ministry? Can you tell when it’s more than a little off? Do you need a friend to tell you it’s time to go to the doctor?

Don’t put it off! If your small group ministry feels more than a little off, get the help you need.

Can I help you?

Can I help you? Maybe scheduling a simple coaching call would be the start of getting healthy. Email Me to find out how to get started.

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Bad Idea #2: Use an On-Demand Call Center to Provide Coaching

call centerBad Idea #2: Use an On-Demand Call Center to Provide Coaching

Not long ago my post 5 Stupid Things Churches Need to Stop Doing (in the name of small group ministry) offered a short list of dumb things churches do.

It was an incomplete list.

Here’s another really bad idea that actually happened.

“Let’s use an on-demand call center to provide coaching!”

The essence of the idea

Instead of assigning a particular coach to each small group leader, small group leaders were provided a phone number to call if they needed help. Coaches provided a kind of call-center approach to offer coaching when needed. In essence, what developed was a team of coaches who were available by phone to provide coaching on-demand.

Can you picture it?

You may be able to picture the brain-storming session that produced this bad idea. You may even wonder why it is a bad idea. It may sound like a brilliant idea. And I have to admit, it has some fine qualities.

It just misses the real point of small group coaching.

Coaching is not about teaching technique

I’ve pointed out before that new small group leaders rarely need help with technique after the first few months. They either figure it out or they don’t. They either learn how to lead a dynamic discussion (or they don’t). They either learn how to guide participation (or they don’t). They either learn how to draw out their less extroverted members (or they don’t). See also, The Big Misunderstanding that Dooms Small Group Coaching.

The essence of true coaching

The real issue with the bad idea for delivering coaching is that it misses the real essence of coaching. Remember, whatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups has to happen to the leader first. This has almost nothing to do with learning a better technique. It has everything to do with developing a trusted relationship over time (between leader and coach) that allows the coach to do TO and FOR the leader whatever you want the leader to do TO and FOR the member.

What do you think?  Want to ask a question?  Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

Further Reading:

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How Saddleback Online Has Started 1700 Small Groups in 4 Years

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Many churches are currently making  worship services (or at least the sermons) available for viewing online. Some are streaming their services. Others are simply making them available for viewing on-demand.

A few churches are creating a true online campus.

Do you know the difference?

If your church has an online presence (whatever the type), do you have groups there yet?

Jay Kranda has been Saddleback’s Online Campus Pastor since 2012 and has helped launch over 1700 small groups. Click here to see the Saddleback Online Campus landing page.

Here’s a link to a very interesting interview with Jay Kranda on the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast. If you listen, you can pick up several important clues about how Saddleback is launching new groups via their online campus.

What do you think?  Have a question? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

Click here to see the show notes or listen to the podcast on the Vanderbloemen site.

Click here to learn more about the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast.

 

What Do Your Goals Say about Your Ministry?

goals finish lineYou can learn a lot about ministries and organizations by analyzing their goals.

Some churches have attendance goals.

Some churches have baptism goals.

Some multi-site church have goals for the number of sites.

Some churches have church planting goals.

Your church’s goals are an indication of priorities (of your true priorities). Goals can be something like a litmus test or a lie detector, betraying what is genuinely important. Goals are commonly an indication of passion or heart.

What do your church’s goals say about your ministry?

Reflecting on North Point Ministries 20 year anniversary, Andy Stanley said,

“20 years in people ask me, ‘What would you change if you started over?’ Our one numeric goal (to have 100,000 people in groups*) has shaped everything. It has shaped everything including our budget. Your goals shape where the money goes. Groups is the best bet.”

20 years.

One numeric goal.

100,000 people in groups.

What do your church’s goals say about your ministry?

What do you think?  Have a question? You can click here to jump into the conversation.

*North Point Ministries has 72,000 adults, teens and children in groups as of May, 2016.

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Do You Have Your Ducks in a Row for a Powerful Fall Ministry Season?

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Well do you? Have your ducks in a row? It’s not too late to do the planning that will prepare your church for a powerful fall ministry season…but now is the time.

You might be thinking church-wide campaign, but you certainly don’t have to be. There are a number of other strategies that will still launch a wave of new small groups. See also, Top 10 Ways to Launch New Small Groups.

Here are five things you should be doing:

Start with the end in mind

This is a really, really big point.  In fact, I’ve begun saying “start with perfect and work backward.”  When you’re looking ahead you should be envisioning all the elements you’d like to have in place.  For example, think way beyond the number of groups you’d like to launch and include other aspects of what it will look like.

  • Who you’d like to connect
  • Next steps you want people to take
  • Service opportunities that will impact your community
  • Etc.

Pull out a calendar and work backward

Pull out a calendar and work backward from the launch date to include all of the steps.  For example, if you’re planning a church-wide campaign you should know the end of September or beginning of October is the best time to launch.  Once you’ve plugged in your launch date you can work back from there, plugging in promotion, orientations, host recruitment, coach recruitment and series planning.

Choose a study that connects the people you hope to connect

This is an extremely important step!  We all understand that if you want to satisfy the taste buds of people who’re craving a savory, mouth-watering steak…you need to serve a steak!  And if you want to entice people who love the spicy heat of a chile relleno…you need to serve Mexican food.  In the same way, the exact same way, if you want to connect unconnected people, you need to choose a study that will interest them! See also, Does Your Topic Connect with Your True Customer?

Identify and recruit a team of launch-phase coaches

One of the best early steps you can take is to make a list of some current small group leaders that could easily help a newbie get off to a great start…and invite them to help start a new group or two this fall!  Almost nothing else has as much potential as connecting a new leader with an experienced veteran.  Your new leaders feel supported and more confident.  Veterans get to use their experience and might even get that sense of fulfillment that is so essential in a coach who commits to the long run. Note: My mini-course, How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure explains how to do this successfully.

Launch a get-to-know-your-neighbor initiative

One of the most important early steps you can take is to give your members some ideas that will help them get to know their neighbors over the summer.  If you want to connect way beyond the usual suspects, launching a series on a topic that unconnected people care about makes it easy to invite neighbors…provided your members know their neighbors!  (see my Top 10 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer for more information)

Can I Help You?

There are two ways I can help you get your ducks in a row:

  • I regularly coach churches on preparing for church-wide campaigns and growth initiatives. While I am sometimes available for an onsite consultation, I can also schedule a series of video conference calls to guide your team through the process.  Email Me for more information.
  • My newest mini-course, How to Maximize YOUR Church-Wide Campaign is designed to help your team learn at their own pace and at a very reasonable price.

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