T1: The Role of Groups
- Sermons are important, but people need a shepherd to really apply truth to their lives. Matthew 9:36
- Small groups strategically allow every church member to receive pastoral care. Exodus 18:13-22
- Small groups are one of the primary environments where people can go “full circle” in their faith.
- To make disciples, a group’s leaders must create a healthy group environment and develop the people in the group. That’s what we’ll talk about next.
T2: Running a Group
- Use the FLEX method to run your group, and you’ll be modeling how to disciple in other environments.
- Find topics from pursueGOD.org, FLEXTALK.org, pursueGODkids.org, and pursueGODnetwork.org.
- Try to make it look so easy that others will begin making disciples in their life.
- The goal is to discover truth together, one conversation at a time.
T3: Developing People
- Develop people who care about people. Colossians 3:12-15
- Develop disciples who make disciples. 2 Timothy 2:2
- Develop team members who lead.
More Small Group Training
- Is Your Small Group Really Winning?
- How to Use “Transitions” to Make Disciples
- When Someone Drops a Bombshell in Your Group
- The Role of a Small Group Coach
- Small Group Ground Rules
- Stuff to Remember as You Move Forward
- 3 Important Points for All Christian Small Groups
- Involving Others in Follow-up Conversations
- How to Prep for a Group or Mentor Meeting
- Go Digital for Leading Your Small Group
- Coaching Experienced Small Group Leaders
- Helping Groups Move Forward
- How to Develop New Small Group Leaders
- Dealing with the Small Group Dominator
- Small Group Host Training
- Developing People in Small Groups
- How to Run a PG Small Group
- Welcome to Small Group Training
- How to Use the Small Group Reproduction Plan
- How to Lead a Successful “Transitions” Group
- How to Avoid Small Group Leader Burnout
- How an Online Conversation Works
- Getting a Group Ready to Reproduce
- How to Make Your Group Welcoming to Guests
- Great Groups Must Be Intentional
- Leading Beyond the Weekly Meeting
- Creating an Outwardly Focused Small Group
- What Is a Group and Why Should I Start One?
- What Makes a Small Group Great?
- Going “Full Circle” as a Group
- How to Avoid Being a Weird Small Group
- The Greatest Thing a Small Group Leader Can Do
- How to Identify Future Leaders
- Launching Small Groups Through a Church-Wide Campaign
- Three Types of Meetings for Every Leader
- Small Group Host Training – How to Guide a Simple Discussion
- Small Group Host Training – How to Help People Feel Welcome
- Small Group Host Training – How the Campaign Works
- Mission Over Preference
- How to Make Everyone a Leader in Your Small Group
- 7 Things You Must Know to Lead a Small Group
- The Value of Leadership
- Leading with the Heart
- The Strategic Role of Small Groups
- Christian Leaders and Pride
- How to Mentor Co-Leaders
- How to Lead a Small Group Discussion
- Group Leaders Have Limits
- How to Have a Follow-up Conversation
- 3 Ways to Connect to a TV for your Group
- 3 Simple Tech Tips for Every Group
- The Most Important Team at Church
- The Three Seasons of a Small Group
- Bad Answers to Good Questions
- Encouraging Quiet People to Share in Groups
- Help Your Group Get Comfortable with Prayer
- Create a Good Relational Environment in Your Group
- Create a Caring Group
- Why Join a Small Group?
- Strategic Times to Invite
- Train Your Group to Be Invitational
- The Secret to Being an Effective Group Leader
- How to Find New Group Members
- How to Use the Small Group Feedback Form
- Set the Right Tone for a New Group
- Get your Group Off to a Good Start
- How Big Should a Group Be to Launch a New Group?
- Finding the Right Time to Reproduce a Group
- Celebrate a New Group Launch
- Transitioning from One Group to Two
- The Importance of Small Groups
- How to Prep for Small Group as a Team
- Sharing Ministry in a Small Group
- When Your Small Group Gets Off Track
- How to Use Your Team Meeting Planner
- How to Use Your Group Schedule Planner
- How to Use the Small Group Launch Plan
- How to Do a Simple Assessment
- How to Assess Your Small Group
- How to Start a Small Group with Families
- Small Group Training in a Nutshell
- 3 Tips for Finding Conversations for Groups or Mentoring
T4: What Jesus Envisioned
- Jesus envisioned a church full of disciple-makers. Matthew 28:19-20
- Disciple-makers have a heart for people outside the church.
- In a disciple-making church, the leaders are strategic about equipping people to minister. Ephesians 4:11-12
T5: Defining Discipleship
- In a culture of discipleship it’s the norm – not the exception – for people to be making disciples. Ephesians 4:12-13
- A “disciple” is someone who goes “full circle” to trust Jesus, honor God, and make disciples.
- “Disciple-making” happens through a series of conversations, and that’s what our tools empower you to do. Ephesians 4:15
T6: The Environments
- Disciple-making happens in four main environments at church: the family, the small group, the ministry team, and one-on-one.
- Equip your parents to disciple their kids at home. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
- Leverage your small groups for disciple-making.
- Leverage your ministry teams for disciple-making.
- Every believer in your church can go make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20
More Big Picture
- Eliminating Sideways Energy
- Buying In to the System
- Start Up Disciple-making for Small Churches
- Making the Handoff
- How to Kick Off Mentoring at Your Church
- Using the 101 Report to Track Disciple-Making
- Launching a Mentor-Based Youth Ministry
- How to Run a PG Small Group
- The Environments for Disciple-making
- Establish Biblical Foundations
- Leveraging Ministry Teams for Disciple-making
- Equip Believers to Minister
- Empower Disciples to Make Disciples
- What is Discipleship?
- Five Box Strategy for a PursueGOD Church
- Five Point Clarity for a PursueGOD Church
- The Church Jesus Envisioned
- People Want a Pastor
- Training Leaders Like Jesus Did
- What Is a Discipleship Culture?
More Series for Group Leaders
Q. How does ministry training work?
Training tracks are designed to help you go “full circle” with a group or mentor over the course of 6 or more weeks. Just cover a topic every week with a group or mentor, watching the video ahead of time to prepare for the conversation. Connect in person or on the phone and use the discussion questions provided to learn together. The goal is to help you pursue God “full circle”, which is our picture of discipleship:
Q. What is the structure of a training track?
Training tracks are divided into two sections. First you’ll cover training topics specific to your area of ministry. Feel free to cover additional topics as needed. Then you’ll cover “big picture” topics to learn about how your specific ministry fits in to the overall picture of discipleship at your church.
Q. What if we need more than 6 weeks?
Then take more time! We recommend covering additional topics at the end of any section as needed for your own pursuit of God.