Making Your Small Group Work Session 4

Session 4: Determining Your Group’s Purpose

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It’s important to determine your group’s purpose. Determining your purpose is done by answering three questions:

  1. What kind of group do we want to be?
  2. What kind of curriculum will we use?
  3. What kind of balance will we have between content (facts

    and knowledge) and process (thoughts and feelings)?

What kind of group do we want to be?

Examples:

  • Recovery group
  • Parenting group
  • Bible study
  • General growth group
  • Other

What kind of curriculum will we use?

 Examples:

  • Bible study
  • Books
  • Curriculum provided by your church
  • Group-generated questions
  • Video/DVD curriculum
  • Other

Regardless of the curriculum you choose, go beyond content questions and ask process questions that get at people’s feelings and emotions.  Choose course materials that fit your purpose, structure, maturity level, and interests.  Determine if the questions in the course materials will foster good discussion in the group

 

What kind of balance will we have between content (facts and knowledge) and process (thoughts and feelings)?

To help determine the proper balance, answer the following questions:

  • What will our typical agenda be?
  • How much time will be spent on the teaching/lesson, talking and sharing, and prayer?

Example for a 60-minute meeting:

  •  10 minutes of sharing
  •  40 minutes of interaction with the curriculum
  •  10 minutes of prayer

Example for a 90-minute meeting:

  •  15 minutes of sharing
  •  60 minutes of interaction with the curriculum
  •  15 minutes of prayer

 

“Segment Two: Closing Thoughts”

What we’ve covered . . .

  • Connecting
  • The five habits
  • Ground rules
  • Purpose

The purpose of small groups:

  • To show grace and process truth over time
  • To experience God and others

Making Your Small Group Work Course

 

Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.

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John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is coauthor of the bestselling Boundaries and author of Boundaries with Teens and Hiding from Love.

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Bill Donahue

Dr. Bill Donahue is the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministy (with Russ Robinson), Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), and the Equipping Life-Changing Small Groups DVD.

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