Training For New Small Group Pastors

If you’re like me …

you started in ministry with a lot of gaps that needed to be filled. You were excited about doing ministry but didn’t really know what you were doing. Once I realized where my weaknesses were, I could respond accordingly. I disciplined myself to learn what needed to be learned by reading the right books, going to the right conferences, being connected to the right organizations, and interviewing the right people.

Below you’ll find a list that may be helpful to you as you journey into small group leadership:


Foundational Small Group Ministry Books:

Prepare Your Church for the Future by Carl George

Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry by Bill Donahue

Leading Life Changing Small Groups by Bill Donahue

Small Groups With Purpose by Steve Gladen

Leading Small Groups With Purpose by Steve Gladen

Connecting in Communities by Eddie Mosley

Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support by Brad House

Starting Small By Ben Reed

Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual by Rick Howerton



Conferences to Attend:

Small Group Beta, Sponsored by LifeWay Church Resources (Invitation only event. Email me at for an invitation)

The Lobby, Sponsored by the Small Group Network

Re:Group, Sponsored by North Point Community Church

GROUPS200, Sponsored by LifeWay Church Resources (Invitation only event. Email me at for an invitation)



Organizations to Join:

Small Group Network



Facebook Groups to Join:

Small Group Network


Small Group Ministry Practitioners




How is God encouraging you today?


About the author : Rick Howerton

Rick Howerton

Rick’s history demands he see group life through multiple lenses. His experience as an elder, college pastor, associate pastor, teaching pastor, senior pastor, church planter, and church consultant have shaped who he is and how he thinks.

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