Media That Promotes Small Group Ministry

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How are you promoting small groups at your church?  If your idea of a great promotion is an announcement, maybe by your pastor, you may want to take a look at a few more creative options.  A few minutes on Sermon Spice or Willow Creek’s Drama catalog should give you plenty of new ideas.  Here are a few ideas:

In My Day: This humorous script features a cantankerous yet likeable old man who lets us know that in his day things were different in the church – the only way people volunteered is by being threatened, small group leaders had nose hairs pulled out to learn to endure pain, and crossing your legs was considered dancing. His preference of harsher and often harrowing “good old days” – “That’s the way it was and we liked it!” – makes us laugh at just how good things are for today’s church.

Small Group Nightmares: Ted and Donna get a postcard from their church inviting them to join a small group. Having never been in one, they begin to speculate what might go on there. In four different vignettes, we see their exaggerated misconceptions. In the first scenario, it’s nothing but a party; in the second, it’s a gabfest of silly human opinion; in the third, it’s a dry, tedious academic study of biblical minutiae; in the final scene, it’s like group therapy with a sprinkling of psychobabble. In the end, Ted and Donna conclude going out to a movie sounds like more fun!

The Breakfast Club: Four men are at their weekly small group meeting in a restaurant. The topics of discussion are what you’d expect from a normal men’s group: sports, new cars, refinancing, work. But as the meeting continues, one man opens up about his marital problems. The conversation takes a quick turn to the serious, and the men band together to help this struggling brother.

These are just three from the extensive Willow Creek drama collection.  Click here to take a look at others from their online catalog that are on the topic of small groups.  Or take a look at Sermon Spice!  Don’t let a creative rut spoil your small group promotion.

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  1. Char on August 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Some of the materials for our Small Group Bible studies came from and for $10 per month, the amount of material and study topics they
    contain are pretty awesome.

  2. Mark Howell on August 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Char! I’ll check it out!