Something we say a lot around Church of the Nativity is that life change happens in circles. We believe that small groups at the adult, teen and kid level are a powerful way of helping people grow in their relationship with Christ.
But, small groups is more than just rounding up teenagers in a circle. To make them truly life changing you need to invest in them by:
Small groups sound simple, but they can be very messy. It takes work to build a program, recruit leaders and get buy in. But, once you have that you need to keep them healthy.
Small groups are messy because they are relational. But, that isn’t an excuse for them to have structure and systems. If anything your small groups need guidelines so that they can grow stronger and go deeper. To keep them healthy:
I struggled with our small group program at first. I thought they were too messy to deal with. The problem is that I was looking for a silver bullet. I also didn’t know what a dynamic small group should look like.
Dynamic groups are ones that will not only change the lives of students but the life of your ministry. It gives a large youth ministry the opportunity to be intimate. It gives a small one the opportunity to go deeper. To create dynamic groups for your ministry you need to make sure they:
When teenagers come consistently it builds momentum for growth and deeper discipleship. The problem is cultivating that consistency. That’s why small groups are so important.
Small groups bring the consistency and create growth because of one piece. When it comes to small groups it’s all about the:
You know small groups have a huge impact on your ministry. The idea of starting a program is daunting. But, the real hurdles come when you lead one.
When you oversee the program it’s about a strong strategy, vision and mission. When you get into the trenches it gets really messy. And the reason leading a group can get messy is because: