(aka “What to Do When You Can’t Remember Your Own Wordy, Jargon-y, Run-On Sentence of a Mission Statement”) We all sense that mission statements are important. Most spiritual communities have one tucked away in a treasure
A campus leader of our SpiritGroup small group ministry program recently shared a question with me that she uses to inspire her team to step out in service: If the church vanished tomorrow, who would miss us? Aside from
I am often asked how I would differentiate a “small group” from a class, regularly scheduled event or interest group. For our leadership trainings, we set the following criteria for groups that want to be included in
Above: Cultivating “Next Generation” small group leaders at Unity Church of Arlington, TX Small group ministry programs are a proven way of engaging congregations and supporting members in their spiritual development.
Even if small groups are not part of your spiritual community’s growth strategy, the process for growth remains the same. As an exercise with your leadership team, ask your group to name or describe an example of someone in
According to Gallup polls, 40% of Americans are involved in small groups that meet regularly for care, support and nurturing. Another 7% express an interest in joining such groups. George Gallup, Jr. and Timothy Jones in The Next
Engaging Your Membership Through Small Group Ministry. As I talked with ministers recently at the annual Unity People’s Convention, many expressed a need for “closing the back door.” “We have plenty of newcomers,” I