SUMMARY: On this week’s episode, Brian and Chris sit down with Stephanie Nichols, the Central Groups Director at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. With five campuses, Cross Point is a multi-generational church with 250 small groups across all campuses. Stephanie provides vision and leadership to all directors. 90 percent of Cross Point’s groups meet off-campus.
Brian, Chris, and Stephanie discuss how to keep momentum during holidays and breaks. According to Chris, “Stopping and starting [groups] builds momentum.” Stephanie adds some advice for those who oversee the small groups in their church: “If your leaders are tired, then they need a refresh. But if your leaders are not losing steam, then try to vary meetings and not meet every single week.” Other ideas for refreshers include coffee dates, holiday parties, and dinner gatherings after groups. Stephanie affirms that the social aspect of small groups is important to foster community. The three also discuss how to disciple groups during the holidays—including accountability, prayer requests, get-togethers, and book clubs.
The Groups Matter Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us.