Running Small Groups


Warning! What Nobody Tells You About Joining A Small Group

Summary:  If you expect the people in your group to be “normal,” you’re in for a big surprise.  If you hope to build close-knit community with others Christians, you have to bring a different expectation.  You have to expect that everyone is fatally flawed, and that those flaws will negatively affect you at some point.  Continue Reading…

Why Your Small Group Discussions Stink & What To Do About It

Summary:  Especially at the beginning, groups are bad at having healthy, participatory Spirit-led discussions.  They need training and practice guided by someone skilled at facilitating.  There are lots of techniques that can be used to help with this training.  As time goes on, they can mature and the “training wheels” can start to come off. Continue Reading…

How to Keep Conflict From Ruining Your Small Group

The first thing we must address here is, what kind of small group/Christ-centered community are we talking about?  The kind that meet together once a week or two, discuss topics over coffee and snacks, and whose primary function is for its members to get their “spiritual food” for the week?  If this is the kind Continue Reading…

Small Group Decision-making: The Essential Concept You’ve Probably Never Been Taught

Summary:  Majority-rule isn’t of the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom operates by consensus.   When you try to operate within a small group setting, you’re at a tremendous disadvantage.  You’re an American. Now the reason that’s a disadvantage has nothing to do with nationality or politics, but everything to do with culture and mindsets.  When it Continue Reading…