Current GroupLife Trends

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“What are the latest trends in small group ministry?”  That was the question my friend asked recently.  Makes sense to think about it.  After all, as we’ve talked about many times, we’ve all got just one opportunity have “the greatest impact on the largest number of people for the longest period of time.”  So it figures that you’d want to be aware of what’s being attempted in the ministries on the bleeding edge.  Here are a few of the trends I am aware of:

Question: Have you picked up on a trend I’m missing? What are you seeing that might be significant? Use the comment section to add your two cents. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. Josh Hall (@joshdhall) on January 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hey Mark. Great post. One trend that I think is on the horizon falls under the Spiritual Formation Category are groups that seek to be intentional about addressing very specific issues of formation in Christlikeness for the members of the group. One church that I have seen do this is Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA They have groups they call “One-Thing Groups” in which group members each identify one area in our lives where Christ-like transformation is desired. This might include areas such as lust, anger, fear, etc. Every person’s “one-thing” is different and the goal is to focus in one area of longtime struggle with the group and with God to see transformation happen. Here is a link to how they do it:

    In our community we are experimenting with all of the groups you listed above in 2011 except for the story-driven visual media based groups. Can you say more about those? We have a lot of groups that are DVD driven but not exactly what you are describing. I would love to hear your insights on what makes those groups work, who they are for, and how they are done well?

  2. Mark Howell on January 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for jumping in here Josh! I’ll check out the “one-thing groups” you mention. Sounds interesting!

    Story-driven visual media is a publishing trend and has to do with the contrast between a talking head teaching style and a presentation style that is either testimony driven (often a retelling, complete with on-location shots) or presented in the form of a parable (like what Liquid or City on a Hill is doing). I provide links to both of these styles in my article, The Power of Story-Driven Visual Media.