Once you have your small groups established, it is important to fine tune the ministry.  In order to have successful small groups ministry, you have to change your way of thinking. There is a strong tendency to think of a youth ministry as a whole to be like a tree in which the various components of it such as small groups represent the branches. A better way to think of it would be as a house in which leaders create the foundation, but small groups and discipleship are the mortar that holds it all together. (Okay, maybe that was a cheesy analogy, but it makes the point.) I’ll tell you why I believe this part of ministry is so important.
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The main youth service is an excellent time for kids to learn and listen. Small groups is the time for them to talk and YOU listen. Curriculum for small groups should encourage teens to  talk and discuss. If your teachers and leaders are prepared to listen and open the group to true discussion, kids can not only discuss their spiritual growth and problems, but they can also receive more one on one time to deal with it.
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Here’s another one for you: Kids in small groups minister to other kids. That’s right, they are inadvertently ministering to each other in a relaxed environment and don’t even realize it. If your dream is for your teenagers to ultimately become witnesses in their schools, jobs and families, it helps if they have a little experience to build upon. It builds their confidence in themselves, and will spark healthy conversation among each of them during their down time.

Lastly, small groups build unity.  When kids mingle with each other on a regular basis outside of church, they create a bond that is hard to abandon. Use ice breakers and games to get the kids talking to each other. This unity will ultimately carry over into the main services and outreaches, creating a foundation for growth.


  • Use icebreakers
  • Help start conversations among kids
  • Learn to listen
  • Look at kids while they are speaking and do not rush them
  • Ask questions to encourage openess
  • Never tell someone that they shouldn’t feel a certain way

Small Groups From Start to Finish

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