Activate by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas
A simplified approach to small group ministry that runs 3 cycles per year so there are many entry points for newcomers as well as breaks for group leaders.
Making Small Groups Work by Townsend and Cloud (Pastor Ken's favorite)
Shows group leaders how to lead any group to realize their full potential. Includes all the basics and deals with situations that arise in a simple Q&A, easy reference format.
How to Lead Small Groups by Neal McBride
Leadership skills and tools in a simple format
Why small Groups? by C.J. Mahaney
What makes a great leader, fellowship, care and correction. Done in a small group study format so you and your group can learn together.
Many times the small group needs to warm-up before worship and discussion can begin. This can be accomplished with an effective icebreaker. The link above is a list of ideas compiled by Pastor Ken.
As a new small group comes to life, we have found it helpful to share these ground rules. These ground rules are a few simple, practical ways that help define commitment for people in your small group.
A simple 5-step model to minister God's healing through prayer.
Be intentional and creative as you look for opportunities to give care in your group. Sometimes all it takes is a birthday card to touch someone's heart. Search out ways to help others before they have to ask, and encourage your group to do the same. Here are some ideas to get you started.
A one-page guide to help your group study any book or passage of the bible. This document lists simple questions to step you through your Bible study time together.
A step by step process to making a difficult life decision.
A devotional guide to have the Holy Spirit speak to you from the pages of the Bible.
We can have 2-way communication with God at will. Here are easy steps to connecting spirit to spirit with God.
A handout for a discussion of mission and values with the sermon notes used by Ken to share our mission
Common problems that arise in small groups and what to do about it