Welcome to the Developing my Group page
If you are just starting a group, you may prefer to read our Starting a Small Group page instead.
Once your group is established and you see it gradually settle down you need to be thinking about how it can develop beyond this point which is what this page is all about.
So maybe now is the time to start looking at developing the group and building up its effectiveness. Below are some suggested areas that you may find helpful as you take your group into the future.
Creating Atmospheres of Growth
One of our challenges as leaders is to create atmospheres of growth. To create environments where people find it easy to ‘have a go’, to step out and as a result be better equipped to discover and use their core gifts that have so often been buried or under-utilised through life. Read more…
Revisit Group Values
As you may recall when starting your group, the small groups that we encourage and support are based around biblical values, which we call:
- All Involved
- Becoming Disciples
- Creating Community
- Doing Evangelism
- Encountering God
One way of looking at your group’s development is to enable these values to be alive and well in your group. This will help your group to be well balanced and healthy whilst having a missional heartbeat.
Have a fresh look at our Small Group Values pages to remind yourself of these, and consider how well these values are operating within the group.
To help you integrate these values into the life of the group we have prepared 12 small group outlines which are available as downloadable pdfs here.
Sticking Points for Groups
Groups can get stuck, they level off or don’t move beyond a particular stage of development.
This is a sociological fact and applies to all sorts of groups. Your church small group is likely to have similar experiences and get stuck.
You need to be aware of this and understand how to deal with it.
We have some helpful pointers to enable your group to grow through and move beyond its particular level of engagement. Read more…
Evaluate Your Group
You may wish to consider performing a more in-depth, participative evaluation of your group around the above biblical values, allowing group members to provide their views.
We have put together the tools to allow you to do a group survey of these values, that you can use in your group to see how it is doing. Click here to download a pdf of our values evaluation survey forms.
Each of the detailed pages referenced above gives information on helpful resources relating to that specific subject. Some more general area-related resources are shown below.
- Developing Leaders – Training for small group leaders by Laurence Singlehurst and Trevor Withers
Please browse our shop for more resources.