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Congregational gatherings can be inspiring and instructional. Quiet, personal time with God can stir our very souls. But transformation seems to happen most with the help of a spiritual family, and that is exactly what a small group is: a spiritual family where gifts can be exercised in service to all, where community is embraced, where family-accountability can assist in moving spiritual truth from head – to heart – to hands!

At the BCM/D, when we say small group we are talking about groups that meet away from the Church campus… groups that are home based, neighborhood based, and/or marketplace based. We’re also thinking about groups that are not-so-much one part of a larger program-based strategy; rather about groups that have holistic assignments. So, that’s the focus in this section of the website. I hope you find ideas and resources here helpful. And I hope you’ll add to them as time goes by!

Please let us know how we can help.

SMALL GROUP NEWS 

  • SMALL GROUPS THE SERENDIPITY WAY, FOUR REVEALING GROUP TYPES

    By Rick Howerton  One of the essential understandings Lyman Coleman recognized was the importance of different types of groups to meet the needs of different types of people. He suggested four group types. As you read about each of them you’ll realize that Lyman established some group types decades ago that are being used throughout Christiandom today.

  • 5 OFTEN OVERLOOKED EQUITY BUILDING LEADERSHIP NECESSITIES

    By Rick Howerton  All too often, a young senior pastor or church staff member proudly wears their graduation gown and cap, shakes the hand of the seminary president, leaves graduation confident that they’re ready to lead. But in less than a year they realize that something in their training was lacking. What was it that they didn’t get in seminary?

  • 6 SMALL GROUP LEADER FANTASIES THAT WILL NEVER COME TRUE

    By Rick Howerton  I’ve been leading small groups for over 30 years now. I’ve fantasized about leading the perfect group for decades. In fact, at one point, I actually created a group covenant that should’ve assured me that the perfect group would enter the doors of my home every Tuesday night.

  • Four Surprising Facts Every Senior Pastor Needs to Know About Their Groups Pastor

    By Rick Howerton When groups pastors get together they often have conversations concerning what they need to know about senior pastors. Groups pastors, for the most part, really do want to work well with their senior pastor. In fact, most groups pastors will go the extra mile a hundred times to make life easier for their senior pastor.

  • 5 CHURCHES THAT WILL NEVER MAKE MATURE DISCIPLES

    By Rick Howerton  Every church I’ve ever worked in or consulted has as her goal to make mature disciples that makes mature disciples. After all, this is what Jesus declared the church was to do. (Matt.

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