How to run a Small Group

Cell groups, Church groups, Home groups, Small groups – whatever yours is called the dynamics will most likely be the same. A group of like-minded people who want to learn more from God, through the study of his word. Your job is to facilitate that, not to act as a schoolteacher.

If at all possible, let people sit in a circle rather than in rows.

Groups that number up to around twenty are good. More than this means you have the potential to become two groups – perhaps with another group leader.

Up to six members, and everyone will join in. Over six and some will always be silent – then it is up to the leader to encourage participation.

Some groups will incorporate Bible Study into their regular program; others will meet solely for Bible Study. Whatever the group, the leader should always begin with a short prayer, asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. (2 Timothy 3:16, John 16:12-15, 1 Corinthians 2:9-11). If this is a new group, you could deliberately make the prayer simple, then after a few meetings you could encourage others to open in prayer.

It is also good to conclude the time of study with prayer, allowing people to respond to what they have learnt. Where appropriate this can then be expanded into a general time of prayer.

Even if it is the group’s intention to only study the bible, people meeting together regularly will inevitably share with one another and it is most appropriate to pray for each other’s needs. If you can, include a time of fellowship – perhaps with refreshments – this can be before or after the closing prayer time.