Steve’s Tips

All small groups want to be healthy and effective. Help
them meet those goals by providing suggestions for balancing the biblical
purposes.

Fellowship – Make a group telephone call from your meeting to any
member who is absent. Pass the phone around so everyone can talk. Open the call
by saying, “We just want you to know that we miss you. Here’s Julie…”

Discipleship – Read 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 and discuss the
similarities between the parenting and disciplining. Ask the group, “Who, if
anyone, has been like a spiritual parent to you? Describe the impact of that
person on your life and faith.”

Ministry – Randomly select someone in your group and throw that
person a surprise birthday party even if the real birthday isn’t for another
four months! Let everyone in the group contribute to the festivities with food
or paper goods and ask each person to bring an inexpensive, fun gift for the
birthday boy or girl.

Evangelism – If your group is made up of a single ethnic group and
you want to connect with other ethnic groups, consider inviting people from
another church or people of a different ethnic origin. Have them visit a
meeting and then, if theirs is an organized group, attend one of their
activities. Consider a service project that you can do together.

Worship – Have your group celebrate Communion outdoors. You’ll be
amazed by how the different setting impacts the worship experience.

Steve Gladen is the Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church. His latest book, Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities, is now available.

For more ideas like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups.

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