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2 Why Small Groups?

3 1.Small groups foster close relationships

4 2.Small groups provide a comfortable setting

5 1.Small groups foster close relationships 2.Small groups provide a comfortable setting 3.They follow the early church model of meeting in homes. ( A little more on this later.)

6 1.Small groups foster close relationships 2.Small groups provide a comfortable setting 3.They follow the early church model of meeting in homes. ( A little more on this later.) 4.They are a tremendous tool for discipleship.

7 What is discipleship?

8 1.Small groups foster close relationships. 2.Small groups provide a comfortable setting. 3.They follow the early church model of meeting in homes. ( A little more on this later.) 4.They are a tremendous tool for discipleship. 5.They get more people involved using their gifts.

9 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. I Corinthians 12:27

10 When He ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people. Ephesians 4:7

11 For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12

12 A healthy small group is not just inward focus.

13 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 1.Small groups foster close relationships. 2.Small groups provide a comfortable setting. 3.They follow the early church model of meeting in homes. ( A little more on this later.) 4.They are a tremendous tool for discipleship. 5.They get more people involved using their gifts. 6.They engage the body in pastoral care.

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16 Ex. 17:12

17 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening? Exodus 18:14

18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Exodus 18:19

19 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Exodus 18:21

20 ”In laboring where there are already some in the faith, the minister should at first seek not so much to convert unbelievers, as to train the church members for acceptable service." Christian Service p. 70

21 ”When they are prepared to sustain the minister by the their prayers and labors, greater success will attend his efforts." Christian Service p. 70

22 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 7. Small groups helps to cultivate leaders. Small groups give opportunities for leadership development within the church.

23 Pastors should be like a choir director making all the instruments come together in harmonious sound.

24 When its time for the cymbal, I ’ m going over there to do it, because that ’ s more fun.

25 The tuba player stinks and I am not taking a risk. I am going to do it right so I won ’ t be embarrassed.

26 Many pastors look like they fell off the horse, got their foot caught in the stirrup, and are being dragged all around.

27 HEY, PASTOR! “Hey, Pastor, have you visited my cousin Bertha and asked her about Jesus?” “Hey, Pastor, have you finished running the bulletin?” “Hey, Pastor, have you visited the Joneses? They haven’t been to church in three weeks.” “Hey, Pastor, did you pick up the paint for the primary room?” Spiritual Body Building p.29 – Kim A. Johnson

28 One church surveyed its members and asked the following question: “How many hours each week do you feel the pastor ought to spend in the following areas?” Then, they listed nine or ten specific areas of ministry. When the questionnaires were tallied and the hours for each activity averaged, the pastor would have had to work about one hundred and twenty hours each week to do everything the members expected. Spiritual Body Building p. 29 – Kim A. Johnson

29 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 7.Small groups helps to cultivate leaders. 8.Done well, can be a powerful tool for evangelism.

30 If the focus of the small group is outreach the potential for winning souls is powerful!

31 Principle of Multiplication An effective evangelist who reaches 1,000 people a day for Christ will win the world to Christ in 12,515 years.

32 Principle of Multiplication But a disciple who teaches or trains two people a year to reach others for Christ has the potential to win the world to Christ in 33 years. Bill Donahue

33 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 7.Small groups help to cultivate leaders. 8.Done well, can be a powerful tool for evangelism. 9.Done well, they become a tremendous tool of retention. People want to be needed and known. Small groups make both possible.

34 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 7.Small groups helps to cultivate leaders. 8.Done well, can be a powerful tool for evangelism. 9.Done well, they become a tremendous tool of retention. 10. Provide a source of encouragement and accountability. (So easy to slip in and out of church unnoticed)

35 The early church used small groups and the church grew rapidly.

36 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

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38 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7

39 George Whitefield John Wesley a John Wesley left behind a 100,000-member church, while George Whitefield could point to little tangible fruit toward the end of his ministry. Why?

40 George Whitefield John Wesley a SMALL GROUPS!

41 The Adventist Church in South America has a membership of about 2.7 million. Between 1996 and 2005, church membership in South America increased 180 percent. Though many factors are involved in this growth, we consider the use of small groups as one of the most effective. October 2008

42 In the Adventist Church in South America (SAD), approximately 65,000 small groups exist, and great effort has been made so that small groups become the basis of the church’s missionary outreach. October 2008

43 Small groups have proven to be an effective instrument in God’s hands to bring us more growth—spiritual growth, growth in relationships, growth in preparing disciples, and growth in planting new churches. October 2008

44 "In our churches let companies be formed for service. Let different ones unite in labor as fishers of men. Let them seek to gather souls from the corruption of the world into the saving purity of Christ's love." T. Vol. 7 p

45 "The formation of small companies as a basis of Christian effort has been presented to me by One who cannot err. " T. Vol. 7 p

46 This Day with God p. 11 “Let small companies assemble together in the evening or early morning to study the Bible for themselves. Let them have a season of prayer that they may be strengthened and enlightened and sanctified by the Holy Spirit....”

47 This Day with God p. 11 “If you will do this, a great blessing will come to you from the One who gave His whole life to service, the One who redeemed you by His own life...”

48 This Day with God p. 11 “Let little companies meet together to study the Scriptures. You will lose nothing by this, but will gain much. Angels of God will be in your gathering, and as you feed upon the Bread of Life, you will receive spiritual sinew and muscle. You will be feeding, as it were, upon the leaves of the tree of life. ”

49 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose.

50 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose. To have a sense of community & deeper relationships.

51 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose. To have a sense of community & deeper relationships. To be appreciated & respected.

52 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose. To have a sense of community & deeper relationships. To be appreciated & respected. To be listened to and heard.

53 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose. To have a sense of community & deeper relationships. To be appreciated & respected. To be listened to and heard. To feel I am growing in my faith.

54 Gallup Poll To believe life is meaningful and has purpose. To have a sense of community & deeper relationships. To be appreciated & respected. To be listened to and heard. To feel I am growing in my faith. To have practical help in developing mature faith.

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57 Request a meeting with your Pastor.

58 1. Share purpose for small group 1. Discuss how to recruit people 1. How to promote it

59 Seek Church Board approval

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61 Pick small group leaders that are respected and trusted by the church.

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64 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 WHAT THEY WILL NEED TO KNOW: 1.Why this Program? 2.When will it start? 3.Where will it be held? 4.Who are the leaders? 5.What is expected to happen?

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66 Send a letter of invitation to small group ministry (Place in bulletin)

67 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 Need a team of three to start small group 1.Facilitator 2.Assistant Facilitator 3.Hostess

68 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 Have an informal meeting 1.Discuss place, day, time, topic 2.Babysitting 3.Start off with meal or light snacks 4.Get input from everyone

69 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 Prospect list Have everyone start a prospect list Send out invitation cards

70 Your invited! To an open Home Bible Study A small group will be meeting in a home for fellowship and sharing God’s word We hope you will join us. We ill be studying _______________ Address: 100 Dawn Court, White House, TN Time: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. Phone:

71 Follow up invitation with phone call.

72 Elements of small group ministry 1.Location 2.Size 3.Frequency of Meetings 4.Facilitators 5.Host/Hostess Duties 6.Empty Chair

73 Small Group Covenant 1.Discuss purpose of group 2.Goals 3.Values 4.Where to meet 5.What you will study 6.Maximum number 7.How often to have outreach 8.How often to have socials

74 Small Group Covenant 9.Agree to the following disciplines a. Acceptance b. Confidentiality c. Graciousness d. Courtesy e. Listening

75 Leader’s preparation 1. Study the passage 2. Write down general thoughts 3. Write down questions 4. Points to bring out 5. Ask God to give you wisdom 6. Have group read beforehand

76 Leader’s preparation 7.Ask open questions lead to discussion 8.Let members talk & discuss 9. Direct conversation back if it veers too far off course

77 Study Tools 1.Study Bible 2.Dictionary & thesaurus 3.Bible commentary 4.Conflict of the Ages 5.Strong’s Concordance

78 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 Tips: Make sure everyone gets a chance to talk Keep group on track but don’t dictate Intercede if disagreement arises

79 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 Time format for effective groups: 7:00Start time 7:00 – 7:15 Visit and connect 7:15 – 8:00Prayer, study and discussion 8:00 – 8:15Prayer 8:15 – 8:30Closure

80 TYPES OF SMALL GROUPS Bible study groups Outreach groups Support groups Nurture groups

81 To prepare God ’ s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12,13 What will small groups do? Great way to connect with God & others Grow spiritually and relationally Serve group, church & community Great way to integrate new members


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