Easily Create Bible Studies for Your Small Groups with SmallGroup.com

smallgroup_byps300x250Looking for an in-house way to easily create Bible studies for your small groups?  Have the topic and theme but no one to write the study?  Have the ability to write the study yourself but really need to spend your time on more strategic things?

You need to take a look at a new service from LifeWay that will be filling in this gap for lots of churches.  SmallGroup.com makes it easy to put together custom studies that are biblically based.  It’s easy to get started by choosing a topic and selecting from over 1200 studies on over 400 topics from all 66 books of the Bible.  If you’re looking for a topic that you don’t see, you can request it and LifeWay’s writers will write the study at no extra charge.

The easy-to-use system also allows you to customize the end product so that it includes your unique language and look, integrating logos and color schemes to give a custom feel.

SmallGroup.com allows you to create multi-session studies to fully cover a theme or topic.  You can also easily create stand-alone studies for special situations or events.

Once assembled, your study will be ready to use.  You can download it, print it, or email a copy to your leaders.  Or you can save it for later.

The pricing for the service is set at a sliding scale based on the number of people in small groups at your church and I feel like the price point is very reasonable.  I’m always looking for ways to keep my attention focused on the things that only I can do.  SmallGroup.com enables you to provide biblically based studies covering the topics you need at a reasonable price.

I took advantage of a free two week trial and easily assembled a great study.  The site is easy to navigate and a downloadable quickstart guide was almost unnecessary.  I picked a topic, chose from an selection of studies, and the system generated a study that lined up very well with what I was looking for.  Within 20 minutes I had even customized the cover to include our church logo and color scheme.

I have to say, this is a pretty exciting innovation.  It’s the next best thing to have a gifted writer-in-residence…at a fraction of the cost.  And it will allow you to stay focused on building a thriving small group ministry.  My advice?  Take advantage of the free two week trial and see for yourself.

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7 Must Have Resources for Training Small Group Leaders

A while back I posted an article about resources that equip small group coaches.  Last week it dawned on me that I had never put together a similar resource for equipping and training small group leaders.

I should point out that just like in my article about resources that equip small group coaches, I believe that point leaders should be devouring these books to better equip them to craft a customized leadership development pathway that fits their small group ministry.

Must-Have Resources for Training Small Group Leaders

Here’s my best shot at a list of must-have resources for training small group leaders:

leading small groups with purposeIf you’re looking for a resource that captures the essence of the church-wide campaign driven small group model, Steve Gladen’s Leading Small Groups with Purpose is packed with real-life illustrations, how-tos, and ideas is a must-have.  Gladen, Saddleback’s Pastor of the Small Group Community, is no stranger here, having contributed many times with insightful interviews about how things work at in what might be the largest small group ministry in the United States.

Gladen’s earlier book, Small Groups with Purpose, was an excellent resource for point leaders (whether from the purpose driven camp or not).  The same is true for Leading Small Groups with Purpose.  The content is so relevant, it works regardless of the type of small group system in use.

Whether you’re leading a small group or leading a small group ministry, Leading Small Groups with Purpose is a great addition to my must-have list.  I loved it and I know you will too!  You can read my full review right here.

leading life-changing small groupsBill Donahue’s Leading Life-Changing Small Groups is another must-have in my opinion.  Donahue is truly a practitioner.  Don’t miss this key.  He wrestled with developing small group leaders for years in one of the most interesting grouplife laboratories anywhere (Willow Creek Community Church).  The practices and principles included in this book aren’t theoretical, but practical and proven.

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Leading Life-Changing Small Groups is the fact that it really begins at the beginning…literally; the introduction develops a very understandable theology of community.  As you’re beginning to build a small group ministry this is an essential ingredient.

You can read my full review right here.

nine-keysSome books get scanned and end up filed away in a bookcase.  Others are read thoroughly–maybe even marked up–but still just get shelved and forgotten.  And then there are books like Carl George’s Nine Keys to Effective Small Group Leadership.  Originally published in 1991, this is a great book and one you’ll use again and again.

Carl George is the father of the Meta Church model and a true genius whose work has influenced the underpinnings of virtually every small group system or model.

While Nine Keys is written from a higher leadership bar perspective*, it has the potential to serve as the curriculum for leader development beyond the initial test drive stage.  One of the most compelling aspects of the nine keys is that they’re not primarily skill training, but heart and mindset development.

You can read my full review right here.

simple small groups largeWritten by Bill Search, a veteran small group practitioner, Simple Small Groups is a great resource designed to make effective small group ministry simple.

Rather than over-complicate the subject, Search isolates three simple and essential ingredients that every effective group must have, identifies them with a single word, and then proceeds to explain the role played by each of them. The best part? He goes on to flesh out the nuts and bolts of how it works.

There are a number of really helpful sections. My favorite aspect is that each section concludes with a diagnostic set of questions to help determine what your next step is in the development of each essential component. I can easily see this getting a lot of use!

If you’re like me, you’re looking for resources that are about how it can be better. Simple Small Groups is one of those. You can pick up your copy right here.

leading small groups in the way of JesusLeading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus is a new entry into the list of must-have resources for developing small group leaders, but I believe it’s a title you are going to want to take a look at.  Written by M. Scott Boren (author, consultant, and trainer helping churches develop effective small group systems and experience missional life), Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus introduces and highlights a set of 8 practices that help leaders become “the kind of leaders who live in the love of God demonstrated on the cross.”

The books prelude hints at a set of practices “that will move your group from being a ‘good’ meeting group to one that participates with Jesus in the way that changes life as we know it and shines forth the surprising and unexpected way of God’s kingdom.”   In my mind, this one delivers.

You can read my full review right here.

field guideSam O’Neal’s Field Guide for Small Group Leaders is a book written by a writer who is also a practitioner.  O’Neal, now with LifeWay but the managing editor at SmallGroups.com for 5 years, is no stranger to groups.  His focus for the Field Guide is “a group leader’s responsibility to prepare for and lead small group meetings (p. 14).”  A little further along, he defines the primary role of a small group leader as preparing “for small group meetings, both short-term and long-term, and leads his or her group members through the essential activities of those meetings in submission to the Holy Spirit (p. 32).”  While my sense of the role of a small group leader includes what happens in the meeting but isn’t limited to the meeting, I think there is so much here that will help group leaders prepare for the meeting.  I also really like Sam’s coverage of a wide variety of angles.

A real plus to the Field Guide for Small Group Leaders is its focus on a number of details that I’m not sure I’ve found elsewhere.  Hospitality, learning styles, ice-breakers, and crafting great discussion questions are just a few of the topics covered.  Read my full review right here.

Missional Communities are at the epicenter of one of the most important current trends in grouplife and the work of Mike Breen and 3DM is at the heart of it.

Leading Missional Communities takes the concept far beyond launching.  Leading Missional Communities is designed to explain “how to lead [missional communities] well so they become a reproducing hotbed for discipleship and mission in churches.”

You can read the rest of my review right here.

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4 Obsessions of the Extraordinary Small Group Pastor

man thinkingI’ve written quite a bit about small group pastors.  I’ve shared their most important contribution and what they need to know on day one.  I’ve talked about their most common rookie mistakes and biggest problems.

What I haven’t written about is what a small group pastor needs to be preoccupied with, obsessed with, in order to succeed in their role.  With an obvious reference to Patrick Lencioni’s fabulous book, here are the four obsessions:

Obsessed with connecting unconnected people.  Others may share this obsession, but if you’re going to build a thriving small group ministry it will be because there is an obsession with connecting unconnected people.  Far beyond any kind of vague awareness of their loneliness or sense that they are just a face in the crowd, this obsession is rooted in two certainties:

  1. Unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again.
  2. The optimal environment for life-change is a small group.

Your obsession with connecting unconnected people should lead you to develop deep knowledge of the real numbers of unconnected people in your crowd as well as deep empathy for their predicament.  This knowledge and empathy will open your eyes to the needs and interests of unconnected people.  See also, What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People? and 5 Things You Need to Know about Connecting Unconnected People.

Obsessed with eliminating obstacles that keep new groups from forming.  If you truly want to build a thriving small group ministry you will be obsessed with removing obstacles that keep new groups from forming.

Obsessed with identifying, recruiting and developing leaders of leaders.  Recognizing the essential role of the coach in the spiritual development of the small group leader (and ultimately of the group member), you will always be on the lookout for high capacity men and women who have the characteristics of an effective coach.  You’ll see the end in mind clearly and develop a compelling vision that will capture the imagination of the right people.  See also, 6 Essential Characteristics of an Effective Small Group Coach and Life-Change at the Member Level.

Obsessed with delivering the right experience to small group members.  Knowing the truth about the ingredients for life-change, you’ll work diligently to develop leaders who can do more than host and be more than a facilitator.

This realization actually drives your obsession to identify, recruit and develop leaders of leaders.  This obsession with delivering the right experience to small group members will lead you to see the connection between what you do to and for leaders and what leaders do to and for members.

The obsession with delivering the right experience to members will help you evaluate small group curriculum, seeing the built in advantages and limitations.

At its essence, this obsession will drive you to see the critical importance of the leader in the promise of life-change.  See also, Essential Ingredients for Life-Change and 8 Habits of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader.

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Don’t Miss Scott Boren’s Latest: Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus

leading small groups in the way of JesusSpent some time with a new book from M. Scott Boren this week.  Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus is his latest (and might be his best) in a long list and you are going to want to know about this one.

The essential premise of Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus is that objective of small group ministry is not good group meetings.

The prelude hints at a set of practices “that will move your group from being a ‘good’ meeting group to one that participates with Jesus in the way that changes life as we know it and shines forth the surprising and unexpected way of God’s kingdom.”  The rest of the book reframes leadership greatness “so that our way of leading begins to reflect the way of Jesus.”

Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus introduces and highlights a set of 8 practices that help leaders become “the kind of leaders who live in the love of God demonstrated on the cross.”  The 8 practices are:

  • Hear the Rhythms of the Jesus Way
  • Gather in the Presence
  • Lead Collaboratively
  • Be Yourself
  • Hang Out
  • Make a Difference
  • Fight Well
  • Point the Way to the Cross

If you’re any kind of small group ministry veteran you can probably come very close to the topics addressed in each of these chapters.  What you would almost certainly miss is the rich detail offered in the effort to help small group leaders develop these practices; these new habits.  In the opening lines of chapter two Boren introduces a set of ideas from Charles Duhiggs’ The Power of Habit.  This little detail underpins a very good aspect of the ideas here, as the practices are not new–they are ancient and rarely practiced.  If you want to incorporate them into your small group ministry, you will need to teach new habits.

Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus is a very good addition to the short list of books that are a must-read for small group point leaders.  If you want the small group leaders in your ministry to accomplish more than convene a good meeting, you need to be devouring this book right now!

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Does Your Small Group Ministry Need to Grow Exponentially?

exponentialDoes your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?  Or can it grow incrementally and meet the needs of unconnected people?  Remember, unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being in your church again.  See also, What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People?

A very simple calculation can help you determine your answer.  The most common calculation is the number of adults in a small group divided by weekend adult worship attendance (for example, 150 adults in small groups divided by 300 adults in worship equals 50%).  This is a helpful baseline understanding.

Note: I argue that the number of adults in a small group divided by your Easter or Christmas Eve adult worship attendance is a more accurate estimate of your percentage connected. See also, What Percentage of Your Adults are Actually Connected?

Does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?

Now back to my question.  Does your small group ministry need to grow exponentially?

As I pointed out yesterday, there are three strategies that launch waves of new groups and can lead to exponential growth.  Virtually all other strategies launch a new group now and then and lead to incremental growth.  See also, Top 1o Ways to Launch New Groups.

Your answer to my question should determine the strategy you choose.

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3 Strategies that Launch a Wave of New Groups

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Three Very Important Discoveries for Small Group Pastors

  1. The first very important discovery for small group pastors is that there are no problem-free small group systems or models.  A breakthrough happens when leaders learn that every system comes with a set of problems and wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  See also, Breaking: No Problem-Free System, Model or Strategy.
  2. A second very important discovery for small group pastors is the realization that starting new groups is more productive than adding members to existing groups.  While this is counterintuitive for some, there is no doubt that launching new groups is the best way to grow the number of groups and the number of people connected.  Far better to train your small group leaders to fill their own group and focus your efforts on launching new groups.  See also, Critical Decision: Add Members to Existing Groups vs Start New Groups and Skill Training: Top 10 Ways to Find New Group Members.
  3. Finally, a third very important discovery for small group pastors is that starting a wave of new groups (as opposed to one at a time) is a key to the momentum needed to build a thriving small group ministry.  This is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth.  Unless your church is nearly 100% connected in groups or experiencing a decline in attendance, incremental growth in new groups will not get the job done.  See also, How to Build an Exponential Small Group System.

Takeaway

These three important discoveries should lead you to wonder, “What’s the best way to launch a wave of new groups?”

Here are the top 3 ways to launch a wave of new groups:

  1. Launch a church-wide campaign.  In most cases, the very best way to launch a wave of new groups is with a church-wide campaign using the HOST strategy.  This strategy leverages the external connections of hosts and with the right campaign can provide an amazing link into the community.  See also,The Exponential Power of a Church-Wide Campaign, Saddleback Changed the Game…Again, and 10 Simple Steps to a Great Church-Wide Campaign.
  2. Hold a Small Group Connection.  The key to this strategy is that it connects the people who come to the event and doesn’t require “pre-qualified leaders” going into the event.” See also, How to Launch Groups Using a Small Group Connection.
  3. Plan and launch GroupLink.  This is an excellent strategy.  If you are a fast growing church and late to the game, it will not catch a moving train.  But…if you’re looking for a plug-and-play concept that will work in season and out…you’ve got to consider this one.  See also, North Point’s Small Group System.

There are a number of other very good strategies that do a good job of connecting unconnected people.  The big idea of these three strategies is that they launch waves of new groups.  Other strategies primarily focus on adding members to existing groups and a new group here and there (such as the sermon-based strategy or the free market strategy).  See also, Top 10 Ways to Launch New Groups.

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6 Things You Need to Know about Small Group Ministry

Sometimes things seem more complicated than they really are.  Small group ministry is truly one of those things.  It’s just not that complicated.

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6 things you need to know about small group ministry:

  1. There is no problem-free small group strategy or system.  It really doesn’t matter what system, strategy or model you choose.  They all come with a set of problems.  Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  The hunt for a problem-free solution may be the number one cause of ministry delay.  See also, Breaking: No Problem-Free Small Group System, Model or Strategy.
  2. Your strategy or system is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.  Don’t like the results you’re experiencing?  You must look at the design.  Results are directly related to design.  You may want to believe your results are a fluke; that they are related to the weather, or who was playing in the Super Bowl, or who won the election.  But your results are produced by the design.  Want different results?  Change the design.  See also, 5 GroupLife Dots You May Not Be Connecting.
  3. There is no substitute for your senior pastor as small group champion.  There is no avoiding this reality.  If you want to build a thriving small group ministry, the role of small group champion cannot be delegated.  You may be able to connect the men and women in your church who are naturally inclined toward community (every church has a group of people who would connect even if it was illegal).  But if you want to connect beyond your average weekend adult attendance, you will need the most influential person in your church to be the spokesperson for life in community.  See also, Small Group Ministry Roadblock #1: A Doubtful and Conflicted Senior Pastor.
  4. Unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again.  This is my way of saying there is no tomorrow for some of the unconnected men and women in your crowd.  Their window is closing.  If you want to connect them to a small group, time really is of the essence.  “We don’t have enough qualified leaders” will not be an acceptable excuse.  See also, What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People?
  5. Whatever you want to happen at the member level will have to happen to the leader first.  Doesn’t it stand to reason?  If you want your members to know that someone is praying for them, to know what it feels like to be prayed for, their leader will have to have already had that experience.  If you want group members to be discipled, it will have to happen to their leader first.  Bottom line?  This almost always makes building an effective coaching structure an essential step.  See also, Model What You Want to Happen at the Member Level.
  6. You can’t build a thriving small group ministry overnight.  Do not miss this.  Building a thriving small group ministry requires a long term commitment.  It happens over years of launching waves of new groups and sustaining a percentage of them.  Season after season.  Never wavering.  Wash, rinse and repeat.  See also, Wash, Rinse, Repeat and the Long Run.

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5 Obstacles to Building an Effective Coaching Structure

“Coaching does not work here.”

I’ve heard that line many, many times.  Maybe you’ve said it yourself!  Very often, though, there are some incorrect assumptions that undermine coaching success.  See also, 5 Assumptions that Set Up Small Group Coaching to #FAIL.

There are also some real obstacles to building an effective coaching structure.

5 Obstacles to Building an Effective Coaching Structure

  1. Recruiting the wrong people.  Coaching is an essential ingredient of small group ministry that can only happen when you have the right people on the team.  You cannot build an effective coaching structure if you end up with anything less than high capacity people who are both fruitful and fulfilled in their role.  See also, 6 Essential Characteristics of an Effective Small Group Coach and How to Recruit a Small Group Coach: My “Secret” Formula.
  2. Asking your coaches to do the wrong things.  It’s not unusual for mall group coaches to be recruited to the role of an accountant or a hall monitor.  Instead of mentoring group leaders, caring for them in a way that encourages leaders to follow Christ, coaches end up being asked to ensure that rosters are up to date and only approved curriculum is being chosen.  If the job description you use for small group coaches describes anything less than “doing to and for your small group leaders whatever you want your leaders to do to and for their members” you have the wrong job description.  See also, Life-Change at the Member-Level.
  3. Assigning coaches to the wrong leaders.  It’s very common for small group pastors to decide to try coaching one more time and simply assign every small group leader to a coach.  Doing this underestimates the power of one of the most important obstacles to understand.  Experienced leaders who currently don’t have a coach know intuitively that they do not need a coach.  They reason, “Obviously, I already know what I need to know.  If I didn’t need a coach when I was beginning to lead a small group, why would I need one now?”  This logic is nearly irrefutable.  We have rarely painted an accurate  picture of the role of a coach and it is difficult for leaders to see anything other than what they’ve always imagined.  Better to assign coaches to new leaders and adopt another strategy for caring for experienced leaders.  See also, How to Provide Coaching for Experienced Group Leaders.
  4. Insufficient investment in your coaches once recruited.  If your pattern is to recruit coaches and then release them on their own recognizance to coach small group leaders you face an insurmountable obstacle.  This obstacle can only be overcome by changing your pattern and beginning to invest time and energy in doing to and for your coaches whatever you want your coaches to do to and for the leaders they are coaching.  See also, 7 Practices for Developing and Discipling Your Coaches.
  5. Failure to evaluate the performance and fit of your coaches.  If your coaching structure has the feel of the Supreme Court (lifetime appointments), you will have great difficulty building an effective coaching structure.  If you want to build an effective coaching structure, you must become wiser about who you recruit and how you recruit.  You must also begin to evaluate the performance and fit of your coaches.  See also, Diagnosis: The Coaches in Your System and How to Recruit a Small Group Coach: My “Secret” Formula.

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Fight Back with Joy: A Powerful New Study from Margaret Feinberg

fight back with joyI had the opportunity to preview a new study from Margaret Feinberg this week.  Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More, Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears is a new 6 session study and it is one you are going to want to add to your recommended list.

Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine.

In Fight Back with Joy Feinberg asks the question, “What if joy is better than you imagined?”  She points out that although “this virtue has been stamped on coffee mugs, sewn on decorative pillows–even displayed on dish soap…joy is more than whimsey; it’s the weaponry you can use to fight life’s greatest battles.”

DVD-driven, the session videos feature the captivating teaching of Margaret Feinberg.  At an average length of 23 to 25 minutes, there are some speakers that would lose their audience.  That doesn’t happen here.  Truly a creative writer, Feinberg’s language is as imagination-provoking as humanly possible.  Your group members will stay engaged as she explores these important biblical truths.

The Bible study book is a very creative experience as well.  Far more than a set of discussion questions, each session includes a variety of experiences that will help unpack a number of profound ideas and life-changing truths.  Every group session begins with an experiential activity “designed to be a trigger for group engagement and help move people toward the ideas explored in the teaching.”

Included in the Bible study book is a set of daily studies to be done in preparation for the upcoming session (except for the first session).  A manageable length, most participants will find them to be a satisfying experience and just the right length to pull them along in the journey without overwhelming.

The Bible study book also includes a simple video notes section with many of the main statements and quotes, allowing members to capture other ideas that grab their attention.  The study book concludes with a “joy bomb journal” designed to be a place to capture those amazing daily moments when God explodes on the scene with a sunset or a warm hug or an unexpected note from a friend.

While reading the book Fight Back with Joy is not required, it will help some participants get the most out of the experience.  Margaret points out that “this is especially true for those facing a crisis of their own, whether a diagnosis similar to Margaret’s or something completely different.”

Fight Back with Joy is a powerful study that will be life-changing for many.  I’m adding this study to my recommended list and I think you will too.

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Freefall to Fly: A Powerful New Women’s Study from Rebekah Lyons

freefall to flyFinally had the opportunity to preview a new study from Rebekah Lyons.  Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning is a six session study based on Lyon’s 2013 book by the same title.  If you’re unfamiliar with Rebekah Lyons, she serves alongside her husband, Gabe, as cofounder of QIdeas, an organization that helps leaders winsomely engage culture.

In her bio Rebekah Lyons is described as “an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face in living a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses-challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.”  After spending some time with Freefall to Fly, I can tell you her bio is an accurate reflection!

Freefall to Fly is a powerful study that will resonate with many, even while it may intimidate a few.  With excerpts from Lyons’ book, participants will have a 15 to 20 page reading assignment each week in preparation for their meeting.  Interspersed in the reading is a set of questions that are designed to help prompt personal reflection.

This is a well-written and deeply engaging study.  I really like the way Lyons weaves scripture into her writing.  Some participants will be tempted to skim chapters, but they would be wise to slow down, wrestle with the ideas here, and savor the rich experience.

Although not DVD-driven, there is a set of short introductory videos are available free of charge at Lifeway.com/freefall.  A very complete leader’s guide is included in the member’s book, making this a study that can be done with a newer or less experienced leader.

I like this study!  Freefall to Fly will not be for every group, but for those groups ready for a study that will take them deep into the mystery of how God can turn our greatest struggles into our greatest strength…Freefall to Fly makes my recommended list!

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