By James Emery White on Sep 22, 2022
"Regardless of the type of small group ministry you may have, there are three foundational questions that must be settled for maximum effectiveness and clear focus––yet seldom are. And they are foundational questions because they speak to the heart of your philosophy of ministry."
By John Gilman Ii on Jun 21, 2016
It’s tempting to waive the white flag, to throw your hands up in surrender, to the summer slump. Many churches simply resign their efforts and re-appropriate them in the fall. First on the chopping block of suspended ministries are groups.
By John Gilman Ii on Mar 19, 2021
Before kids, life was simpler, but it was a lot less fun. After kids, things get crazy. Everything takes more time, and you wonder what you did before the little ones were around. Going places with your kids becomes an adventure. You pack up everything you’ll need and some things you won’t. You make sure everyone’s eaten and used the restroom, even though you know they’ll be hungry and have to go again when you get there.
By Ed Stetzer on Feb 1, 2020
Ed Stetzer: "The churches on our Largest and Fastest-Growing lists are all engaging in various ministries. However, we are watching many of these congregations push themselves deeper in multisite ministry, small groups and serving the culture."
By Ron Edmondson on Mar 8, 2022
Sometimes people don’t know how well they are doing.
By Brandon O'brien on Feb 19, 2018
Brandon O'Brien offers five strengths that he believes are inherent in small congregations, which can leverage these characteristics for ministry success.
By Chris Surber on Nov 19, 2018
God uses big churches for certain Kingdom jobs, and God uses little churches for specific assignments.
By Rick Ezell on Nov 3, 2021
You may be the most skilled preacher and your church may have excellent small groups or the best children’s ministry in the city, but your first-time guests will never know unless they make a second or third visit.
By Lisa Eifert on Aug 23, 2016
All church ministries share one overarching purpose: Regardless of age, gender or race, they exist in service of God. However, just because ministries have overlapping agendas doesn’t mean the means through which to form them are the same. In fact, depending on the type of ministry, optimal organizational strategies often vary wildly.
Summer offers the perfect opportunity to focus on best practices for organizing one group in particular: the men’s ministry. Let’s count down five tips for forming—and sustaining—a vibrant men’s ministry within your church community.
By John Gilman Ii on Mar 24, 2021
Families have long been the cornerstone of church congregations. Parents bring their children to church every Sunday. At a certain point, it becomes the children’s choice and responsibility to decide if they want to continue going to church every Sunday or not. That’s why it’s so important to show your children God’s grace and make Him a priority in their life from an early age.
By Peter Mead on May 29, 2018
We need to make sure that in our preaching ministry we are not drawn into thinking purely in a “bigger is better” model.
By Rev J.r. Vassar on Mar 21, 2022
From small mistakes to colossal meltdowns, we are all too familiar with the pain and shame of failure.
By Brandon O'brien on Nov 14, 2019
Leverage these characteristics, and you'll see greater ministry success.
By Lisa Eifert on Jul 16, 2016
Getting kids to VBS is big step. It’s a great way to help kids during the vulnerable summer months and introduce new families to your church. Communication and promotion are key steps to ensuring your church reaches as many kids as possible. There’s a lot that can be done to promote it so remember to call on your teens and a powerful group message service like One Call Now.
By Karl Vaters on Aug 31, 2022
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. But sometimes church growth ideas are failing in smaller churches.