When it comes time to set your calendar for the next semester of your church small groups, it’s important to put every date for the upcoming semester in writing on a master calendar that covers at least six months–from the focus month all the way through the end of that small group semester. If you are starting to plan for your fall semester, create a calendar that runs from July to December. If you are planning for your spring semester, create a calendar that runs from November through April. If you are planning for your summer semester, create a calendar that runs from March through August.
When it comes to your church small groups, it’s important to put every date for the upcoming semester in writing on a master calendar that covers at least six months.
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Here’s how to get started.
1. Start by putting the biggest dates on the calendar, including:
- date for leader training
- start and end date for the semester
- date that sign-ups begin
2. Next, put down dates for all of the “less significant” items. Trust me, you need to get all of these on your calendar:
- deadlines for asking and confirming small group leaders
- dates for small group table at the weekend service
- dates that the group catalog and website need to be finalized
- promotional email schedule (emails encouraging people to sign up)
- small group leaders email schedule, including topics (these are weekly emails sent to leaders throughout the semester)
- dates for weekend messages on small groups and/or relationships
- dates for other small group focus items during the Sunday services (dramas, videos, testimonies)
- dates for team leader meetings and staff-led small group planning meetings
Carefully thinking through your calendar will pay off in a big way as you continue to develop your church’s small group system.
– Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, with Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from pgs. 136-137 of Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups.
Drawing from the startling success of small groups at The Journey Church, Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas debunk the myths, set the record straight, and show how church leaders can implement a healthy small group ministry that gets the maximum number of people involved and solves many of the important problems facing churches of all sizes. These practical strategies will produce life-changing results.
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