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Building Christian

Community
Small Group Ministry
in Todays
Seventh-Day Adventist Church

1. Small groups: part
of Gods plan
2. Life-changing small
groups: some
definitions
3. Small group values:
the key to growth
4. Small group
meetings and small
group life
5. The goal of small
groups: holiness
and harvest

6. Small group
leadership
7. Developing a small
group network
Building Christian
Community
SESSION FOUR:
SMALL GROUP MEETINGS,
SMALL GROUP LIFE
WELCOME
WITNESS
WORD
WORSHIP
The Four Parts of a
Small Group Meeting
Small Group Meeting Agenda








WELCOME
WORSHIP
WORD
WITNESS
Entrance
into
Fellowship
Exaltation
in His
Presence
Edification
in the
Word
Evangelism
Vision &
Prayer
You
to
Me
Us
to
God
God
through
Us
God
to
Us
ORDER ACTIVITY RELATION FOCUS
CHRIST
CHRISTS
PRESENCE
CHRISTS
POWER
CHRISTS
PURPOSE
The Four Parts of a
Small Group Meeting
WELCOME
Greeting and
welcome
Time to catch
up with each
other
The ice-
breaker
Breaking the Ice
with the Ice-Breaker
The Ice-Breaker:
creates a
relaxed
atmosphere
enables everyone
to say something
can lead into the
Bible study or
worship period

WORSHIP

With singing
Meditation with instrumental music
With testimony, prayer or Scripture
The Four Parts of a
Small Group Meeting
Acknowledging the presence of Jesus:
WORD
The Four Parts of a
Small Group Meeting
The Bible study
Small Group Bible Study
Should Be Relational
Three Questions:
? What is this
text saying
? What is this
text saying to
me/us
? What are we
going to do about
this
Relational Bible Study
Asks not only What does this mean? but
What is God saying to me/us here?
Based more on real life experience than on
a collection of doctrinal texts
More concerned with making Christianity
real than with proving a point
Concerned not only with the original
characters associated with the story, but
where we see ourselves in it
Accepts all opinions as equally valid
It allows the group to grow together even
when there is serious disagreement
WITNESS
The Four Parts of a
Small Group Meeting
Witness: Praying for
Group Growth
Spirit-led prayer
Informal, usually
seated
Conversational
prayer
Smaller prayer
groups
Special prayer for
individuals
The Afterglow
Begin and end the
meeting on time
Simple
refreshments
afterwards
Informal: some
leave, some stay
Sometimes the
most important
time of sharing
Remember the Goal
The Goal of Small
Group Meetings:
Life
transformation

Building
community

Kingdom growth

Group Life Outside
Group Meetings
Social events
Community
service
Church
involvement
Retreats
Mentoring

Community cannot
happen in a
weekly meeting alone
Stages of Small Group Development
1. Adventure
2. Discovery
4. Maturity
3.Development
When the Group Gives Birth...
the gain is greater than the pain!