How To Start A Small Group Ministry At Your Church

Learn how to start a small group ministry at your church. This guide will teach you everything about how to launch, grow, and maintain an effective small group ministry!

A few years ago I was wrestling with how to start a small group ministry.  Having an incredible small group ministry does not just happen.  Effective small group ministries have leaders who are intentional about learning and communicating why small groups matter.

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This resource bundle will provide you and your ministry team with the training you need.

And yes, you will have immediate access to it!

Taking the time to learn how to start a small group ministry will ensure small groups at your church launch successfully.  There are important steps to take along the way in order to build a healthy and successful small group ministry.

Six Important Steps | All The Need To Know “How To’s”

Don’t worry, this guide will not only tell you what to do, but also how to do it.  This is the most comprehensive, hold you by the hand, step by step resource available for starting a small group ministry.

Learn this powerful framework at your own pace.  Each step will guide you toward exactly what to do next.

  1. Six Important Steps
  2. Learn anywhere from any device
  3. Launch effective small group ministry

When you buy any of the Building Healthy Small Group bundles, you will:

1. Learn a proven step by step process for how to start a small group ministry at your church.

2. Receive a ministry structure guideline based upon the size of your church so that you know exactly how to delegate small group ministry related responsibilities.

3. Apply the vision building framework to your church’s messaging.  Building Healthy Small Groups will help you to create compelling messaging to inspire your leaders and church family to be involved.

Is Your Church A Building People Go To Or A Place Where Friends Gather?


How would your church be different if you decided to build more friendships and connections?

What could happen if you actually built a small group ministry that helped your church and the people in it to grow?

Church is the last place that people should feel lonely and disconnected!  If they do, it won’t be long before they slip out of a chair and out the back door.  A lack of opportunity for deeper friendship and spiritual growth could be costing your church already.

how to start a small group ministry

All the Building Healthy Small Groups bundles include:

  • 6 Steps To Launch, Grow, And Maintain A Healthy Small Group Ministry
  • 120-page downloadable workbook
  • Access to additional bonus worksheets and resources

how to start a small group ministry

There Are Three Ways To Purchase Building Healthy Small Groups

The complete guide for launching, growing, and maintaining an effective small group ministry. Plus, for FREE: four additional bonus worksheets and the Intentional Small Groups ebook.

The complete guide, 1 - 30 minute coaching call, & email correspondance for one month.  Plus, for FREE: four additional bonus worksheets and the Intentional Small Groups ebook.

The complete guide, 3 - 30 minute coaching calls, & email correspondance for one month.  Plus, for FREE: four additional bonus worksheets and the Intentional Small Groups ebook.

Your church can have deeper friendship and spiritual growth.  This guide will teach you how to launch, grow, and maintain an effective small group ministry!

 Providing Resources And Training For Church Leaders,

Evan Doyle

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Have Questions?

How To Lead A Small Group | 5 Tips To Build A Healthy Small Group

Knowing how to lead a small group begins with understanding why small groups matter.


Small Groups can play an important role in fulfilling the Great Commission.  Healthy groups can lead people to Jesus and into a deeper relationship with God.

how to lead a small group

Community is vital for believers. The church does not just exist within the four walls of a building, but inside our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

I want to share with you the same principles that I teach the group leaders I serve with.

I believe these tips will provide you with the instruction you’re looking for.

And yes, I want to send them to you for free!

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Small groups should be an intentional effort to create opportunity for believers and non-believers to experience community and grow spiritually through bible study and connecting with others.

There are a number of benefits that learning how to lead a small group will  provide to the Body of Christ at large and obviously your group members:

  • Christian Friendship Inspires Christian Living
  • Accountability Will Produce Sincerity
  • Opens Opportunity to Invite the Lost
  • Extends the Pastoral Reach of Leaders & Churches
  • Connection Leaves Little Reason for Leaving


Small groups should empower the Body of Christ to build community and experience spiritual growth. Simply put, small groups can provide opportunity to grow, laugh, serve, and connect with others for God’s glory.

how to lead a small group

Small groups vary in size, interest, place of meeting, type, etc.  Ultimately, whether a group is having a Bible study, serving the community, or sharing a common interest, small groups should facilitate Christian community and spiritual growth.

I had to learn how to lead a small group.

A few years ago I was asked to oversee (start) the small group ministry at the church where I’m one of the pastors.  After trying multiple different ways to do groups I finally settled on a few important principles that guide our groups rather than a method of doing them.

After leading groups myself, having conversations with other leaders, and receiving feedback from those involved, a couple key things began to surface concerning group life. Christian community and spiritual growth are two sides to one coin.  I believe if a person is intentional about being around Christian community, spiritual growth will inevitably take place.  Another way of putting it would be, if you are serious about growing spiritually you have to be involved in Christian community.

Whether you want to lead around a common interest, bible study, with other married couples, or a prayer group, having a successful offering begins with learning how to lead a small group.

Great groups do not happen by accident.  They are formed and forged by leaders who lead with purpose and great intentionality; people who are willing to learn how to lead small groups.

Again, if you would like a free copy of the Five Tips For Offering A Successful, Healthy Small Group enter your email and name below to receive my blog posts via email:

Enjoy and God bless!

Evan Doyle
Building Deeper Connections for Greater Impact.

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