I have tried and participated in many things as a small group member, teacher, and now church pastor. I started out years ago with a standard quarterly curriculum in a Sunday School class that studied books of the bible. This was good but after a time, we switched over to topical material (finances, marriage, etc.) This led to a “singles” class for those not married who couldn’t benefit from the marriage curriculum. Then we tried splitting off groups to discuss various topics each week with each person having the option to change groups each week.
I’ve read countless books on “free-market” groups that encourage more social gatherings along with the standard bible study offerings. I’ve looked at “semester” based groups as opposed to “quarterly”. Most recently, I’ve examined the “sermon-based” small group that is championed in the book “Sticky Church”.
So what works for you? Do you like quarterly or semester time schedules? Sermon based, bible books, or topical? Do you suspend your groups over the summer months or do you keep on going even if only a handful show up?
Many questions. I’d love to discuss with some of you about this. Please comment if you’re inclined and let’s have a dialog about this topic.