Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups

Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups

by Nelson Searcy, Kerrick Thomas

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Overview

If you are tired of being involved in a small group ministry that does not excite, fails to get people plugged in and takes a lot of energy to sustain but shows little results, then Activate is for you.  The strategies in Activate will help you remove many of the barriers and answer the questions in the way of life-changing small groups at your church, such as:
How do I get people excited about small groups?
How do I get 100% of my church involved in small groups?
How do I raise up and train enough small group leaders?
How long should a small group last?
How big should a small group be?
What does a successful small group structure look like?                                                       
How do I get small groups involved in ministry and evangelism?
With Activate, you will discover, and learn to implement, proven, strategic principles and strategies that will make small groups at your church successful!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830745661
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Publication date: 05/30/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

NELSON SEARCY is the founding pastor of The Journey Church of the City in New York City, which he and his wife, Kelley, began from scratch in 2002 and now has more than 1,000 members. He has personally trained more than 20,000 church planters and church leaders in live events and seminars through ChurchLeader Insights, an Internet resource for pastors. Prior to starting The Journey, he was the founding director of the Purpose Driven Community with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church. He is the author of more than 60 bestselling resources on church planting and church growth.

KERRICK THOMAS is a teaching pastor at The Journey Church and regularly co-leads training events with Nelson Searcy. Prior to his move to New York to plant The Journey, he received a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Authors' Note 13

Introduction 15

Part 1 The Activate Mindset (or, Paradigm Shifts) 23

Section 1 Rethinking Small Group Methodology 25

Big Idea #1 Think from the Outside In, Not from the Inside Out

Big Idea #2 Think Larger, Not Smaller

Big Idea #3 Think Friends, Not Intimacy

Section 2 Rethinking Small Group Structure 49

Big Idea #4 Think Short Term, Not Long Term

Big Idea #5 Think Promotion Months, Not Ongoing Sign-Ups

Big Idea #6 Think Church of Small Groups, Not Church with Small Groups

Section 3 Rethinking Small Group Strategy 73

Big Idea #7 Think Easy, Not Hard

Big Idea #8 Think Ahead, Not Behind

Big Idea #9 Think Full Staff Participation, Not Staff Specialist

Section 4 Rethinking Small Group Leadership 95

Big Idea #10 Think Apprentice, Not Expert

Big Idea #11 Think Decentralization, Not Staff Control

Big Idea #12 Think Leader Multiplication, Not Group Multiplication

Part 2 The Activate System Introducing the Four FS: Focus, Form, Fill, and Facilitate 113

Section 5 Focusing Your Groups 119

Focus Step #1 Evaluate

Focus Step #2 Set Your Calendar

Focus Step #3 Set Your Goals

Focus Step #4 Set Your Structure

Focus Step #5 Build Your List

Section 6 Forming Your Groups 165

Form Step #1 Make the Big Ask

Form Step #2 Schedule the Team Leader Meeting

Form Step #3 Get Your Groups List Ready

Section 7 Filling Your Groups 189

Fill Factor #1 One-Step Sign-Ups

Fill Factor #2 Teaching on the Power of Groups

Fill Factor #3 Testimonies, Videos, and Dramas

Fill Factor #4 Small Group Table

Fill Factor #5 Targeting Specific Group Types

Fill Factor #6 The Church-Wide Campaign

Fill Factor #7 Emails, Newsletters, and Mailings

Fill Factor #8 Selling the Previously Sold

Fill Factor #9 Promoting Groups to Newcomers

Fill Factor #10 Creating Urgency

Fill Factor #11 No Sign-Up Left Behind

Section 8 Facilitating Your Groups 251

Facilitate Principle #1 Training Group Leaders

Facilitate Principle #2 Structuring the First Group Meeting

Facilitate Principle #3 Conducting Week-to-Week Facilitation

Facilitate Principle #4 Conducting Monthly Facilitation

Facilitate Principle #5 Conducting Semester Facilitation

Conclusion 297

Notes 299

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Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups (Large Print 16pt) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very unique writing and compelling to read with also giving a knowledge to help you to implement a small group system that both you and your people can be excited about, and that can help you realize God’s dream for your unique church and this God does through your willingness to step out of comfort zone and activate in your group. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book.” I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Blogger for this review”.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very unique writing and compelling to read with also giving a knowledge to help you to implement a small group system that both you and your people can be excited about, and that can help you realize God’s dream for your unique church and this God does through your willingness to step out of comfort zone and activate in your group. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book.” I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Blogger for this review”.
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aeft More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book as a Small Group leader at our church. However, much of the book had to do with how to set up the Small Group Ministry, which was not my concern since I'm not in the Ministry formation leadership. However, I did think that the information provided was great and very useful to setting up an effective Small Groups ministry. I do recommend this book.