Small Group Training 9/7/2013

We had an excellent interactive Small Group Leader training session this past Saturday (Sept 7, 2013). Here is a short video covering various topics including Updating your Small Group page, Leading the upcoming six-week Matthew 6 video series, Small Groups website overview, and tips for effectively leading your small group:

The following is a link to a Word document that outlines these topics in greater detail: Small Group Leader Training Sept 7 2013 Please refer to this as you play the video.

We hope that you have a great start in this new season of small group ministry as your group continues to Reflect on God’s Word, Care for each other, and Share your lives together!

Any thoughts? Please leave your comments below! We covet your feedback!

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Healthy Small Groups: Sharing the Load

What do I mean by “Share the load?”

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After 15 years leading and observing small groups, I’ve found that those small groups that are healthy usually have multiple people and couples taking leadership roles.  Nearly all of the small groups that have inadequate work distribution struggle and die.

We have 40 small groups at E-Free that are healthier now than last year or the year before.

Sharing the load means your small group has these leadership roles filled by one or more  persons or couples in your small group:

Leader Person with primary responsibility for the group. Groups are named after its leaders.

Co-leader  Those who serve as the leader’s backup and performs various routine duties to support that leader.

Apprentice  Webster defines Apprentice as “one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling.”  The leader delegates to apprentices in order to facilitate discussion or to serve in other roles.

Communicator Person who distributes information about the group to group members and to the church office. (This could be done by a Co-Leader.)

Serving Leader Individuals or couples who organize at least one group community serving activity per year.

Social Coordinator  Person that plans one social gathering per quarter.

Discipler  Those willing to meet one-on-one with seekers or new believers who join the group.

At our Winter Small Group Leaders Workshop, the majority the leaders said they preferred to blog on the small group website rather than Facebook.    Hearing what other small groups are doing is always the highlight of every Small Group Leader Workshop, so I am sure every small group leader would like to hear what other small groups are doing about “sharing the load.”

This time, I really want to hear from every one of our 40 small groups!

What of the above leader roles are being done in your small group and who is filling that role?

Feel free to also share how this is done and any other roles people take on in your small group.  Just click below and start typing.  We are all anxiously waiting to hear about your small group.

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2013 Winter Small Group Leaders Workshop

Stu Hackman Small Groups DirectorThanks to everyone who attended and made for a great workshop!

What was the highlight?  Everyone said, “Getting together with other leaders!!!”

Leaders Workshop happens twice a year (4th Saturday of January & 3rd Saturday of September).  

  • Getting together at a table with your Small Group Coach and fellow stage of life leaders.


  • Dave Jones, webmaster, has now linked the Small Groups website through the church website,   Website features/issues:
  1. Be sure to subscribe to the website and acknowledge the email link so you get update notices.  (Subscription box is found in the lower part of the right-hand column.)
  2. Under people, find your Small Group Advisory Team (SGAT) small groups coach.  Click the picture to send an email to your coach.
  3. Website resources are designed to maximize your small group experience & more content coming.
  4. Please Comment!  We want this site to be interactive.  Please share your feedback through the Comments section below each post.  (Be discreet!)
  5. Stu’s News provides updates from Stu each month on the website.
  6. Ask Bob by Bob Laturner answers your small group leadership questions.
  • Leaders shared their Best Practices to Share our lives, Reflect on God’s Word or Care for others.
  • Dane Sorenson, Discipleship, asked each small group to have one person/couple as disciple.
  • Karen Estes & Beth Milsteadt announced procedures when people sign-up to join a small group:
  1. Tell your SGAT coach how many openings in your small group.
  2. Inform your SGAT coach who is your small group is a potential leader.
  3. Update your SGAT coach when anyone joins or no longer attends your small group.
  • We asked for your suggestions for the next Workshop September 17, 2013 9AM.

Please contact your SGAT coach to discuss the workshop & your small group needs.

Have a great time with your small group this winter!


What about you?  Did you attend?  If so, what were your takeaways?  Do you have advice for the next meeting?  Let us know your feedback in the comments below. 





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