Here are some Frequently Asked Questions of the Small Group Network.
Why does the Small Group Network exist?
Steve Gladen started the Small Group Network (previously the Purpose Driven Small Group Network) for three reasons:
- To build relationships. To make sure that nobody doing Small Group Ministry stands alone! Too often people at conferences are on their last leg in ministry because the enemy has isolated them. When we have others around us doing similar ministry we can go farther. It is through this Network we can pour into each other so that we can serve others through our small group ministry.
- To share ideas. We all have great ideas. The problem is we don’t have a way to share them with the masses. Small Group Point People can do ministry better when sharing great ideas.
- To help us be intentional. “Vision without implementation is hallucination.” Unless we stay focused with the task at hand, we will do a lot of stuff, but in general miss the ministry God specifically called us to do. Having someone in our life looking at our plans, we are more effective for the Kingdom than when we are on our own. By participating in a couple of Huddles each year, we can help each other be more intentional with what God has called us to.
What’s a huddle?
A huddle can be as simple or as elaborate as the leader desires. It can be as simple as a few people getting together over coffee to discuss Small Group Ministry. It can be as elaborate as a full blown Small Group Conference.
Who hosts a Network huddle?
The person who hosts a Network huddle is identified as a Local Leader. We are praying that every county in every state, and every municipality in every province, might one day have an identified Local Leader hosting Network huddles in their local area.
How often do Regional huddles meet?
Regional huddles are encouraged to meet at least twice per year. However, each Region has the freedom to meet as often as they like. Currently, some Regions are hosting huddles as often as once per month. They typically last about two hours.
One strategy is to huddle in the spring following a Small Group Conference. The conference can be debriefed and learning’s shared. The second huddle could be held in the late summer to encourage one another preparing for a busy fall schedule.
What should happen at a huddle?
Huddles should encourage participants in their ministry and their faith walk. It would be appropriate to get to know one another personally (fellowship), share a scripture (discipleship), pray (worship) with and for each other’s mission and ministry.
Mission and ministry can usually be covered thoroughly by everyone sharing “The 4 P’s”:
- Praise – What’s one good thing that has happen in your ministry?
- Problem – What is one challenge facing your ministry?
- Plan – What ministry plans do you have?
- Pray – How can I pray for you?
Or a huddle may center around a certain question or topic such as, How do you start new groups or How do you train your leaders. The idea is to give leaders of Small Group Ministry a venue for conversation. We learn best from our peers. Gathering together to build relationships and exchange ideas and resources is extremely valuable. Just as in small groups, huddle ownership and participation can be increased by sharing roles such as host, snacks, prayer leader or devotion leader.