Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies
Before anything else, let’s begin with the encouraging words of Proverbs 3:56; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Entering into the world of small group ministry in a college setting can be challenging, even for people with a wide range of experience. That being said, there is obviously a reason you are doing this, and a reason God has led you and your group together. The first step to success is being willing to follow God’s calling. Trust in Him and he will pave the way for you. That does not mean that the road will always be easy or that every small group meeting will go exactly as you planned. There is struggle and failure in following God’s calling, but with faith and dedication, you can and your group can experience God’s plan for you. I have found that an important step to success is to do a little homework. That’s why this guide was created. It is full of hints, tips, and tricks to get you on your way. It is not meant to be read in one sitting, and is all about practical application. Start at the beginning and read it through, or start in the middle with an idea that seems fitting for your group setting. This is meant to be a guide for YOU and your small group.
Alderfer, Samantha, "An Insider's Guide to Starting in Small Group Ministry" (2015). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 179.