Where Will You Take Your Small Group Ministry in 2015?

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Where will you take your small group ministry in 2015?  Have you thought about it?  Made any New Year’s resolutions?  Set any goals?

You may be one who makes New Year’s resolutions every year.  Lose weight.  Pay off credit cards.  Read through your Bible.

You may be one who always likes the idea of resolutions but never actually stops long enough to write them out and figure out how to act on them.

Or you might be one that just doesn’t see the merit in the idea.

I want to suggest that making New Year’s resolutions (or setting goals) for your small group ministry is actually very important.  In fact, I think the evidence is very strong that if you don’t think and dream and plan where you’d like to go you shouldn’t expect to get there.  See also, 10 Simple Things You Can Start Doing to Build a Thriving Small Group Ministry and 5 Things to Think about As 2014 Comes to a Close.

I believe the only way to get to where you really want to go is by conceiving of a preferred future and then intentionally acting to take steps in the right direction.  I believe we never arrive where we want to go by drifting and that we can only arrive at the preferred future by acting with intentionality.  See also, The Perils of the Well Worn Path and Creating Your “Refined” Preferred Future.

So…have you make any New Year’s resolutions for your small group ministry?  Where will you take your small group ministry in 2015?

Can I suggest a few goals?

Can I suggest a few goals to think about?  Here are a five possibilities:

Now What?

Once you’ve made these resolutions or set these goals you’ll want to write them down on a single piece of paper and put the paper somewhere you will see every day.  Create a shorthand way of saying the goals.  Make the goals visible and talk about them with your team.  Use the comment section below and tell me what your goals are.  The more visible the goals and the more you refer to them in your planning and implementing (and celebrating!), the more likely it is that you will reach them.

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

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  1. Brandon A. Cox on January 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Okay I’m in. Your posts continually instruct me and this is our biggest area of focus in 2015. I believe group life IS the future of the church and what we’ve seen so far was just the adolescent phase. Ready to grow!

  2. markchowell on January 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome Brandon! As a senior pastor and a founding senior pastor you have a huge advantage! Thanks for your commitment to community!