Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Images of Authentic Community

Images of Authentic Community

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about authentic community and wondering what it looks like. Luckily, I’ve had some pretty good examples of it. The small group that my husband and I attend led us to some of our closest friends—people who call us to come over to watch the Blackhawks game and make us delicious dinner, or ask us to watch their kids while they run out for a quick errand. My husband and I recently hosted an outdoor dinner party that reminded me of the importance of creating a space where everyone can contribute something. So we welcomed baking skills and chopping skills and playlist-making skills and setting-up skills to the event. Without each addition, it wouldn’t have been possible. My women’s small group makes me look forward to Mondays. One meeting we can be grabbing a box of tissues as we console a group member in a tough relationship. The next, we’ll be bent over laughing at a story someone tells. Another meeting we’ll be digging...

Read More

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Get More People Connected in Small Groups

Get More People Connected in Small Groups

Our new resource, Market Your Small-Group Ministry, is already extremely popular, and there’s good reason why. As a former small-group director, I know just how hard it can be to get people into groups. And it’s not just a one-time issue. Instead, it’s something that you must continually do, considering new ways to market your ministry. I can still remember being at the beginning of a new season of small groups one fall when I realized my marketing plan wasn’t going so well. We’d had an announcement in our church bulletin for weeks, a special slide for Sunday mornings, several in-person announcements from stage, some moving stories about why small groups are important, and a church-wide e-mail—all to announce the start of small groups, urging everyone to sign up. Even with all that, a few weeks later a woman came to me asking when small groups were starting because she wanted to get involved. My heart sank. How in the world did she miss the message? I know I’m...

Read More