Watch the video above and talk about it with your group or mentor. Learn more.

To discern what next steps to take, you and your leadership team must continually evaluate the maturity of the group and its members.

Key Points:

  • The importance of assessment. Helping a group of people to pursue God together requires that you evaluate and discern what the group needs to hear and what steps they need to take.
  • How to assess small group members. You can get a sense of what’s happening in people’s lives based on the pursue God circle.  Do people still need to place their trust in Jesus for salvation? Are there issues where they are still learning to honor God? Are they investing in the lives of others?
  • How to assess the group itself. The simplest way to evaluate the progress of your group is to use the Small Group Feedback Form. This checklist will remind of the group’s long term goals and the kind of environment and relationships you are trying to create in the group to get there.
  • The purpose of assessment. The reason to assess your group often is not to judge anyone or bring attention to failures, but simply to make a plan to improve.
  • Let the Spirit lead. As you evaluate the group and its members and respond to their needs, it starts with prayer.

Quote This:

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 When I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other.

See Also: Prayer Ministry

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Talk about some areas in your daily life where evaluation or assessment helps you.
  3. On a scale of 1 (negative) to 10 (positive), how do you feel about doing assessments of your group and its members, and why?
  4. How can you perform an assessment in a way that you don’t become arrogant, judgmental, or frustrated toward others?
  5. What happens when a leader evaluates but doesn’t make a corresponding plan?
  6. Why is it important to do an assessment with a team?
  7. Would you let the whole small group do the Small Group Feedback Form together? Why or why not?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.