Small Groups

At the end of our large group worship time we break into small groups for discussions. This is a model that I have seen elsewhere at it is something that we have been doing for around 7 years now. Ever so often I have to kick start the whole process again by rearranging the groups. I hate it. I have to sit and make decisions based on “who is fighting with whom” and “who is dating whom” and then balance those with decisions of what would make for the best group dynamic. Then you have to try to put enough regular attenders in each group so that the group has cohesion. Then do you put people together in their own little cliques or do you try to break those down by splitting people up? There are a ton of questions and decisions.

So what about you? Do you break up into smaller groups? If so how do you do it? I am looking for a better way than my “I think this looks right” method.  

3 thoughts on “Small Groups

  • October 5, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    We don’t have the spiritual leadership to do small groups on Wednesdays, not the kind you’re talking about. For our "clique-breakers," though, we break into small groups to discuss some deep, thought-provoking question.

    I use different means each week, but I realize you need something semi-permanent. If I were you, I’d do this one:

    Set up the same number of "stations" as you need small groups.

    At each "station" place a sign that represents a category of some theme like "what you want to do with your life"…you want a theme that has lots of possibilities. Other thoughts are "What I’d do with $1000" or "Things I’m Afraid Of."

    For example, if I wanted five groups and I used the "what you want to do with your life" theme, I’d do these signs (one per station):

    1) Creative (Writer, Sculptor, Artist, etc.)
    2) Professional/White Collar (Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, etc.)
    3) Trade/Blue Collar (Carpenter, Plumber, Construction, etc.)
    4) Ministry (Homemaker, Pastor, Missionary, etc.)
    5) Athlete

    Once everyone is gathered at their stations, I assemble groups by picking one (or more) students from each station, trying to keep couples and best friends apart.

    I’ve found this method makes for good mixes of different "types" of teens. You’ll have geeks mixed with jocks and artists mixed with lawyers.

  • October 5, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    WOW! That is the best idea that has ever been written on this site (and I am for sure including my ideas in that mix). EVERYONE STEAL THIS IDEA!

  • October 8, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    I love my small group! I think we are all going to work out nicely. And I’m excited to have J Luv, Josh, and Mason. I think they’ll make it easier since Israel won’t be there to help. But of course I am still nervous to talk infront of more than 3 ppl!


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