Steve’s Tips


Want your small groups to be healthy and balanced? Why not offer them some suggestions…

FELLOWSHIP – Write some fun and easy to answer sharing questions on small pieces of paper (one for each group member including yourself). Tape them under each group member’s chair before your next small group meeting.


  • What was your favorite outfit when you were a teenager?
  • What is the most annoying TV commercial?
  • What is your favorite chair in the house? Why?
  • If you could learn one new skill this year, what would it be?

At the beginning of the meeting, have each person pull a question from under their chair and answer.

DISCIPLESHIP – Have group members talk about how they came to Christ as well as their spiritual journey since coming to Christ. Ask them to highlight the defining moments or key turning points along the way. You might plan to hear from two or three people each week for a month. Don’t rush this exercise. It is a great way to get to know and better understand your group members.

MINISTRY – Some of the strongest evidence of our love for Christ is our ability to love those who aren’t easy to love. Jesus said in Luke 6:27 To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst (Message). Ask your group members to think of someone who annoys or irritates them and then accept Christ’s challenge to serve that person in love this week.

EVANGELISM – At one meeting have everyone tell how they got connected to the church or plugged into the small group, and who was instrumental in those decisions. Use these shared stories to remind people once again of the power of the invitation.

WORSHIP – If your church allows small group leaders to serve the Lord’s Supper, then this idea is a must. Talk about what the elements mean to each one of your group members now. Ask them to reflect on the day they turned their life over to Christ. In what ways, if any, did Communion mean something different to them then? Next, discuss the role that Communion plays in your relationship with the Lord. After a time of prayer for the gift of Communion and the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross, share the bread and cup together.

Steve Gladen is the Founder of PDSGN and Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church.

For more ideas like these, read 250 Big Ideas for Purpose Driven Small Groups by Steve Gladen.

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