I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is smallgroup.com. Our Groups team helped write this post.
Whether the small groups at your church choose their own curriculum or follow a discipleship content map provided by the church leadership, aligning groups around the same content for a few weeks each year is healthy for the church. A common and powerful approach to alignment involves studying the content from the weekend sermon across all age levels. Pulling off that level of alignment takes a lot of work and planning across ministry departments, but it is beneficial when done well for these four reasons:
1. Vision Alignment
A vision series is a good time for an aligned campaign, because, as Bill Hybels says, vision leaks. Even with the most powerful sermon on Sunday, most people have forgotten it by Tuesday. If we expect the message of the vision to last beyond the weekend, we have to plan for ways to reinforce it throughout the week. An easy-to-use tool for developing that content is smallgroup.com. You can choose from over 3,000 customizable Bible studies, tweak them to fit the language and goals of your series, and easily provide group discussion content for your leaders!
2. New Leaders
Every growing church is searching for leaders—especially small group leaders. The quickest way to raise up new small group leaders is through a groups campaign. Start casting the vision for new leaders for new groups a few weeks before the campaign. This approach is most effective when done from the main stage by the senior leader. Those new leaders will need some basic leadership training before the campaign begins, but leveraging the build-up to a church-wide campaign makes it easier to recruit new leaders.
3. New Groups
The best way to get new people connected into community is through starting new groups. Trying to fit new people into existing groups is difficult to accomplish. No matter how welcoming the group is to new people, they are still walking into existing relationships with a shared history. With a new group, everyone is starting at the same place relationally. Launching a campaign provides the opportunity to start several new groups at one time.
4. New Energy
There’s a perceptible buzz in a church that is going the same direction on purpose. Everyone is on the same page, and groups are beginning to live out the mission of the church. As the campaigns are expanded, that excitement will begin to overflow to other areas of the church.
Smallgroup.com is a customizable Bible study tool that can help you create content for campaigns and resource your leaders well. We are giving away two annual memberships to smallgroup.com. Register here or in the form below by 11:59pm tonight, May 3, 2017, to win one of two free annual memberships to smallgroup.com.
Anyone can try smallgroup.com for 30 days for free by going to smallgroup.com and clicking “Start my free trial now.”