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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 

  • THREE REASONS YOUR CHURCH SHOULD STOP SMALL GROUPS

    By Chris SurrattDid you know that the company Walgreens invented the chocolate malt? According to Wikipedia, “in 1922, Walgreens’ employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe (milk, chocolate syrup, and malt powder).” Yet if you have a late-night craving for one today, you’re not going to head to Walgreens.Or did you know that Timex sold the first home computer at a cost of unde...

  • SEVEN REASONS A SMALL GROUP SHOULD BE 12 OR LESS PEOPLE

    Only a group of 12 or less will experience close, intimate relationships between most or all of its members. This is a group dynamic fact, not an opinion. When a small group is more than 12, fewer and fewer people are bold enough to engage in the conversational Bible study.

  • 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.

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