Small Groups

A group of 3-12 people that gathers at least twice a month to experience what it means to Know, Care, Grow and Share.

  • Know = Know and Love God and Neighbor (Mark 12:28-31)
  • Care = “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2)
  • Grow = “Teach them to obey” through applying Scripture (Matthew 28:20) (It’s not about information; it’s about transformation.)
  • Share = Witness and Serve beyond the church walls as authentic followers. (Matthew 28:19 and Mark 10:45)

Pathway to Starting a Small Group

  1. Begin with a dangerous prayer: Lord, use me.
  2. If possible, join a healthy small group to experience how one works.
  3. Participate in a small group leader training, especially if there are no healthy small groups near you to join.
  4. If you are in a healthy small group, ask to become an apprentice leader of that group.
  5. Find at least two other people who would join you in starting a new group.
  6. Meet with this core group at least three times to discern how you want your group to function. Be sure to pray with and for one another each time.
  7. As a core group, choose a regular day, time and place to meet.
  8. Pray as a core group about the study you will use to start the group.
  9. Pray for God to send new people to the group.
  10. Have each person in the group make at least five invitations to new people.
  11. Launch your group!
How to Start Small Groups: Growing Larger by Acting Smaller

How to Start Small Groups: Growing Larger by Acting Smaller

A 22-page guide to building a small group system complete with the biblical and practical mandate to multiply.

The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience by Kevin Watson

The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience by Kevin Watson

A fresh new guide to the theory and practice of the Wesley class meeting, showing its relevance for the church today and how its reclamation may be a perfect means for church renewal and multiplication.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Small Group

Learn + Lead Webinar: Why and How to Start a New Small Group

Why and how to start a new small group with Angie McNeil and Robyn Miller of Woods Chapel UMC

Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church by Mike Schreiner & Ken Willard

Stride: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church by Mike Schreiner & Ken Willard

The process of developing a discipleship pathway that meets individuals where they are with practical instruction on how to plan, implement and sustain a discipleship pathway.

The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community by Kevin Watson and Scott T. Kisker

The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community by Kevin Watson and Scott T. Kisker

Demonstrates that the band meeting model is the basic transformational community that enables us to grow in our holiness.

Learn + Lead Webinar: Experiencing Transformational Community in a Band

Learn + Lead Webinar: Experiencing Transformational Community in a Band

Why and how to lead someone to follow Christ for the first time and rediscover relational discipleship in transformation community led by the authors of The Band Meeting.

Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes by Chris Surratt

Small Groups for the Rest of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes by Chris Surratt

Small Groups For The Rest Of Us provides practical, proven strategies on moving people from the fringes into biblically based communities.

5 Cups of Coffee Group Conversation Facilitator Guide

5 Cups of Coffee Group Conversation Facilitator Guide

A facilitator guide for designed for a small or medium-sized group to engage in the 5 Cups of Coffee resource.

Covenant Discipleship and Wesleyan Leadership

Covenant Discipleship and Wesleyan Leadership

Extensive resources and guidelines for helping disciples make disciples in the 21st century including children and youth discipleship.