Welcome

Our goal is to keep you as a small group leader informed and also equipped. Small group ministry is key to the health and success of the overall ministry and you have a huge part!
Below you will find links and information to help you lead.
RESOURCES/STUDIES/MATERIAL Click HERE
LEADER REPORTING FORM Click HERE

Small Group “Win”

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How do you know if you have had a successful small group? What are your current measuring tools? Everyone goes home happy? The food was good? No one complained too much? Everyone showed up?

Too often we define success is unproductive manners.

Allow us to define a win that each and every small group should strive for no matter what your DNA is or what your purpose may be.

Small Group Win:

“For individuals to share life in a small community for accountability, belonging, and care”

Each and every group needs to measure their success (win) through the lens of “ABC”. At the end of each meeting or outing a leader should be able to check against these three values that are crucial to the success of your group.

A-Accountability: Are people in your group accountable to each other in spiritual matters, relationally, emotionally, in meeting together and reaching goals?

B-Belonging: Is each person a valued part of the group? Is your group a safe place where people can openly share? Are group members able to call each other about anything at any time of the day?

C-Care: Is your group meeting the needs of each other? Is your group supporting each other? Does your group pray for each other? Does your group encourage each other?

Leadership

Mark Pike-Small Group Coordinators

Tom and Kathy Tarkiewicz-Small Group Coach

Ron and Linda Smith-Small Group Coach

Mark Walker and Lori Zettell-Small Group Coach

Understanding Your Group

Every group should and will look different from another group in the church. This is a great thing demonstrating in a small way the diversity of God.

There are three important items for that each leader needs to understand to have a successful group.

1. DNA 2. Your Purpose 3. ABC

1. DNA…Each group has a specific design and personality. As a leader, for your group success, you need to understand what your group DNA is like. Kids/No kids? Age Mix/Same Age? Laid Back/High Needs? Weekend/Weeknight? Mature/Immature? Self Focused/Others Focused? Etc. Once you understand the makeup of your group you will more effectively lead, guide, and direct the individuals in the group.

2. Your Purpose…Why does your group meet? Why are they committed to this group? What are you trying to accomplish in or through the group? It is important that you and your group have clear answers to this so that each person is on the same page and feel like there is a deeper purpose to meeting.

3. ABC…Each and every group needs to measure their success (win) through the lens of “ABC”. At the end of each meeting or outing a leader should be able to check against these three values that are crucial to the success of your group.

A-Accountability: Are people in your group accountable to each other in spiritual matters, relationally, emotionally, in meeting together and reaching goals?

B-Belonging: Is each person a valued part of the group? Is your group a safe place where people can openly share? Are group members able to call each other about anything at any time of the day?

C-Care: Is your group meeting the needs of each other? Is your group supporting each other? Does your group pray for each other? Does your group encourage each other?

As a leader do you understand the DNA of the group, does your group have a purpose or does it just exist, and are the ABC’s including in your group?

If not, we strongly encourage you to discuss these with your co-leader(s) and also with you group to give each person a clearer picture of the small group.

Six Essentials for a Leader

As a small group leader you could spend hours and hours pouring over all sorts of information to equip and empower your group. We have narrowed down the most important essentials for a leader of a small group. Work on these areas and cover your group in prayer and you will lead well.
1. Think Life-Change.

Create a predictable environment where participants experience authentic community and spiritual growth. An environment where God is active in the lives of its members. A small group where people can change.

2. Cultivate Relationships.

Relationships do not just happen they take intentional time and effort. Volunteer together, spend time as couples throughout the month, have get togethers, etc.

3. Promote Participation.

Share and give away the ownership of the group. Talk through ways that everyone can participate. Also remember that as a group leader you are not the teacher but a navigator for discussion. Ask open ended questions.

4. Replace Yourself.

Who are you developing as a leader in your group? Identify this person early on and partner with him or her.

5. Provide Care.

When there is a sickness, death, hardship, etc the group should be the first ones there to care for the family or individual.

6. Multiply Influence.

Multiplying your groups opens the door for other to participate in group life. This is hands down the most challenging element of small groups but can be the most rewarding. As a leader work on these essentials and you will see amazing growth and responses from your group.

 *Thanks for North Point Community Church for Ideas and Use of Some Concepts