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Getting BIG Results with Small Groups
a Small Group Leaders Training Manual Web Sample by Rev. David Weidlich, Pastor, Cooper Mountain Presbyterian Fellowship
Six Needs of People Today
All of these needs can be met in a Small Group!
(from Rev. Dale Galloway, Small Group Seminar, Charles E. Fuller Institute.)
The Four Objectives of Any Christian Small Group
1. Community (Koinonia)
Acts 2:44-46 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
2. Adoration of God
Acts 2:47: ...praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
3. Learning Gods Word Through Effective Teaching
Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching.
Acts 2:47: And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Acts 5:42: Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
Our Small Groups strive for "The CALM Balance."
Small Groups may stress one area over the others. For example, a ministry team or committee would spend more time with "mission." A Bible study group would spend more time on "learning." A couples group might spend more time in "community." But all Christian small groups will be at their best when they include some element of all four types of activity.
An Agenda for a Balanced Small Group Meeting
Community Time, Part 1 (10 minutes)
Welcome (Words and Opening Prayer)
Icebreaker or Warm-up Questions
Learning Time (35 minutes)
Catch-up and Introduction of Text
Bible Study Questions
Adoration & Community Time (30 minutes)
Suggestions for Praise (Prayer Journal)
Mission/Outreach Time (10 minutes-- most Outreach time takes place outside the regular meeting time)
Brainstorming, planning, reporting on Outreach projects
Between Now and Next Time (5 minutes)
Announcements of any get-togethers & special church functions between now and next meeting
Suggestions for preparing for the next meeting
Community Time (afterwards)
Refreshments and Social Interaction
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
This document maintained by David Weidlich. Material Copyright ©2001 David Weidlich