The Two Time Slot Rule

As we get ready to launch our next small group year, I’m also confronted with the reality that many people are too busy to think. We live in a multi-tasking world, where it’s easy for families to run in multiple directions. Juggling commitments is an unfortunate reality for most modern families. Larry Osborne, the author […]

Are Equipping Classes the Enemy of Small Groups?

Mark Howell Sees “5 Commitments That Propel and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.” Here’s a summary of his five commitments: Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. Small group membership is an essential step in the strategy. Small group ministry is designed to make disciples. Significant investment in leadership […]

My Approach to Small Group Curriculum

Like most things in life, my approach to developing curriculum for our small groups is a work in progress. At its core, I follow a traditional instructional design model commonly known by it’s acronym—ADDIE. This describes a basic five step approach to design: Analysis Design Development Implementation Evaluate Our church’s ministries are structured around a school […]

What I’m Learning About Small Groups: Evaluate and Improve (Part 2)

  This is part two of a series of posts I am doing describing the process of evaluating our small group curriculum at First Family Church and the changes we made based on feedback. If you missed it, you can read part 1 of the series here in which I describe our curriculum for the 2012-13 school […]

What I’m Learning About Small Groups: Less Is More (Part 1)

Twice a year, at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester, we send out evaluation forms to our Small Group Leaders and to our church congregation. The purpose is simple, we want to know how we are doing in the area of small groups at First Family. One […]