Small Group Tips
There are a number of small groups around Sydney open to new members. These groups are managed by members of Adventist churches throughout the city. To join a group, please contact the pastor of the church nearest to you. A list of locations are available here. For additional help, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting a small group ministry will move your church members beyond “doing church” to “being the church.” And when followers of Jesus are being the church, the not-yet-followers of Christ can’t help but notice (Acts 2:47).
There are five important steps for starting a healthy small group.
In Bill Donahue’s book, Leading Life-Changing Small Groups he points out five kinds of small groups. I have added one more.
When you decide what kind/kinds of group you want, you will know what resources fit, how to train others and who to recruit for leadership.
Every aspect of the ministry will be driven by a compelling purpose statement. Here are a few facts about your purpose statement:
If possible, set up a meeting with your pastor or with other group leaders and express what God is asking you to do. Be sure to share the following information with them.
Answer any questions they may have realising that there will be many questions yet unanswered. Experienced leaders can help you prepare with information you may not have, but they can also pray for you.
The first group is made up of 10 or so people who will become your first small group leaders. Lead their group. Let them see what an effective group leader does. They will do what they have seen done so be the model small group leader for them. Using Disciples Path is a great way to begin each and every small group.
Once you are confident that your first group leaders are ready to lead a group of their own, help them recruit group members and be there for them as they begin their journey as small group leaders.