Toolkit for small groups (home groups)

We have a goal to multiply home groups.  How do you do it effectively and give people a clear vision of what they are signing up for?  We’re trying a few things:

Double sided book marks.  On one side of the bookmark there are instructions for the Swedish Bible Study method and the other side a summary of our church vision statement and how it applies to a small group:

Swedish Bible Study Book Mark

Swedish Bible Study Book Mark

Holy Trinity Small Group Vision

Holy Trinity Small Group Vision

Using the bookmarks and a copy of our term card a leader can be up and running really quickly. No need for preparation. No need for costly study guides which are tailored for the tertiary educated.

The small group will follow the passage for the Sunday coming and bring any questions to the service. If, after hearing the sermon, people still have questions, we’ll host a question time after the service.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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4 Responses to Toolkit for small groups (home groups)

  1. Aaron Smtih says:

    Hey Neil!

    Great blog. Thanks for the encouragment at MMTC, hope to see you there next year. Just wanted to say I recently discovered this method and we introduced it into our youth work and it works so, so well with them and they are beginning to ask questions and look at the bible in ways they might not have done before!

    God Bless you in your ministry!

    • neilrobbie says:

      Hi Aaron, thanks too for your encouragement. I think we need to trust that God will put his word to work without intermediaries. I hope to have time to lecture on MMTC, if I’m asked, next year but I won’t be at small groups this time. Have a good summer.


  2. Andy Toovey says:

    Hi Neil,

    Came across your blog after you posted on the upcoming RTU conference. I like this post though, and the bookmark idea. Would you be willing to write a guest post for the RTU blog about it? I’m particularly interested in your desire to make do small groups/home groups in a reproducible way. Even if it was a cut and paste job from this post and the other post about adv/disadv on different Bible study methods, I think it would be helpful and practical.

    Thanks and God bless you in your ministry for him!


  3. neilrobbie says:

    Hi Andy, it’s good to hear from you and I hope to make it to the conference. I’ll be happy to write a blog post for the blog. It might need to wait until after Easter, I’m flat out just now.


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