A number of things can be done within a small group. The best way to bear fruit is to concentrate on three specific goals: deep transformation, intimate fellowship and spiritual multiplication.
1. Start with prayer. Your ministry and small group must begin with your personal prayer life. When you pray daily, you will be filled with His grace and will be able to pour it out to your small group members.
2. Thoroughly prepare for each study. Whatever materials you are using (for some options, check out this blog post), make sure you prepare! This will help make your studies go smoothly and give your small group participants a chance to grow. (You too.)
1. Focus on hospitality. It’s amazing how powerful hospitality can be: a fresh pot of coffee, hot tea, some simple food and a nice space go a long way in helping your participants feel welcome. Even if the content is spot on, others may feel uncomfortable if you don’t welcome them in with some good ol’ fashioned hospitality.
2. Meet regularly. Even if you can’t meet every week, make the time and place consistent. If others can’t count on a regular meeting time, they won’t make Bible study a priority — and they certainly won’t grow closer to one another.
1. Teach others in your study the concept and vision for spiritual multiplication. Tell your group early on about spiritual multiplication and the vision for them to lead Bible studies for other people in the future.
2. Actively model and talk about personal prayer. Let them know about your prayer life. Pray together and invite them to pray, too!
3. Pray for the small group members by name, that they would be able to spiritually multiply. This is another great use for the Depth Chart. If you don’t have one already, get a 3”x5” note card and list the names of those in your study.