Help your groups become balanced and healthy by providing them practical ways they can balance the biblical purposes.
Fellowship – Ask group members to list five details about their lives that most people in the group may not know – be sure to do it too. Collect the papers for use at the next group meeting.Before your next meeting, list some of these obscure details on a sheet of paper and make one copy for each group member. On your copy not which group member shared which fact.When you meet again, pass out the sheets, saying, “Here are some the facts written down last week. Next to each fact write the name of the group member you think shared it. You have three minutes.” When the time is up, read from your answer key. The person with the most right answers wins a “know-it-all” award (consider something fun like a $5 gift card to a local coffee shop). Give the person with the fewest correct answers a pack of name tags to help him or her get to know the group!
Discipleship – How can temptation become a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block? Have a group – or two-group – discussion about this question regarding temptation. If you have both men and women in your group, you may want to divide into groups by gender so that people will feel greater freedom to talk honestly about the temptations they face.
Ministry – Read Philippians 2:5-11. Let that passage help the group list the various ways Jesus served us. Then spend some time finding other verses that describe the things Jesus had done for us. Close this exercise with a time of thanksgiving prayer for all that Christ our Servant-King has done for us.
Evangelism – Read Matthew 21:19 and talk about the fact that evangelism is the only one of the five purposes that you cannot do in heaven. Remind your group about this fact, discuss its implications, and encourage group members to obey this God-given command.
Worship – For a different approach to prayer, try praising God by naming his attributes in alphabetical order. The first person, for instance, will praise God because he is A-all powerful; the second person might say B-beautiful; the third person might say C-compassionate, etc.
Steve Gladen is the Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church.
For more tips like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups.