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Is your church or small group facing challenges to keep new small groups dynamic? Are you facing challenges recruiting and equipping new leaders? The Deepening LifeTogether Video Bible Study Series is a great tool to equip and sustain new and emerging small group leaders. 

Here are more tips from Brett Eastman, founder of LifeTogether and Small Group Champion at Saddleback Church:

Six Tips for Keeping New Small Groups Healthy -- Brett Eastman

In our 40 Days of Purpose campaign at Saddleback, we saw God work "exceedingly abundantly beyond what we asked or thought," as Paul said. We discovered that using videotape of Rick teaching the material enabled ordinary members to effectively lead small groups because they didn't need the same skills for teaching, facilitation, and knowledge of the Scripture as the pastor or other trained leader might have. 

The result was that we trained more than 2,000 new hosts and launched 2,300 small groups that reached more than 20,000 people!


Suddenly, we had a powerful way to change the community around us through people who were living healthy, balanced, purpose driven lives together in these small groups. The challenge we faced was how to keep those small groups healthy and vital. 

Here are six tips for keeping new small groups healthy so they can make the impact God wants:

1. Begin with the end in mind

2. Realize that reformation could be coming

3. Reload and re-fire

4. Equip your leaders with tried and true Curriculum... it is the second most important tool
5. Focus on what really matters 
6. Recruit and develop a senior "leader of leaders"


If you are looking for Bible Study Curriculum that has a "plug-in-play" solution for your church with an economical pricetag, we offer Deepening Life Together Kits for Churches. Each Bible Study Church Kit comes with a DVD, Leader Guide, and a Church Resource CD which inludes:

  • Small Group Leader Training Packets
  • Outlines of the Lessons (Sermon Outlines)
  • PowerPoint (multi-media) templates
  • Small Group Planning Templates and Group Forms
  • Artwork for Bulletins, Banners, Bookmarks... and more

Deepening Life Curriculum includes more than 14 small group video Bible studies: Promises of God, Romans, Acts, Ephesians, the book of Revelation, Parables, Fruit of the Spirit, Psalms, Praying God's Way, James, the Gospel of John, and character studies on Ruth and the Apostle Paul.


If your church would like more information on developing a "leader of leaders" or a Small Group Champion for your church, or if you are interested in developing Custom Curriculum, contact our office at 619-733-9218. We have small group coaches available to help you build a dynamic small group ministry.

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