Build Trust, Openness, and Great Group Chemistry

The three sets of lessons in the Church Transformation Series are designed to be used in sequence in order to have a cumulative effect on people’s minds and hearts. The lessons should ideally be used in a small group setting in someone’s home, meeting once a week for about one and half hours. The focus should be as much on building relationships as it is on imparting knowledge. These Small Group Leader Resources will help to build trust, openness, and great group chemistry.

Church Transformation Series

Key Elements Within the Church Transformation Series To Help You Lead Effectively

Learning to Be a Group

Each lesson in Spiritual Body Building begins with a section that explores how to be an effective small group member. Much attention is usually given to training small group leaders, but the effectiveness of the meeting depends just as much on the members. This section can be invaluable in heading off difficulty and in raising the dynamics of the group experience. Success for group meetings is a shared responsibility

Ice Breakers and Group Activities

Don’t skip over these elements in an attempt to spend more time on the information. These items help develop group cohesion and a sense of community which are vital to getting people to open up and to grow. Think of them as “Relationship Builders.”

Discussion and Reflection Questions

These are designed to help the group think more deeply about the material and to address how it will be applied.

Love In Action

Many of the lessons end with a “Love In Action” service opportunity. These are designed to help the group look outside of itself and not become too inward focused. It also provides an opportunity to apply the principles that members are learning in the lessons. The lesson after a Love In Action begins with a Feedback section which gives members an opportunity to report what happened. People should not feel pressured to do the Love In Action or participate in the Feedback. However, you can let them know that their group experience will be greatly enhanced if they do participate. Your own example as leader is critical here. They need to see you doing all of the tasks. When someone does do the Love In Action, be sure to praise them. Their stories will encourage others to take part.