Welcome to the Healthy Groups Podcast. I am your host and presenter, Allen White. This is a weekly podcast for Small Group Point Persons that gives effective strategies, notable trends, and practical insights from my over 30 years of small group ministry experience as well as the latest learnings from churches across North America. This podcast will echo the weekly blog posts at allenwhite.org. I’ve learned that some people are readers and other people are listeners. If you are a listener, then this podcast is for you. You might also enjoy my other podcast, the Exponential Groups Podcast, which offers guest interviews in monthly episodes. For more information, go to allenwhite.org/podcast. Thank you for listening.
When a Bad Group Launch is Worse Than No Group Launch
In most churches, the senior pastor wants to kick off a big fall series as soon as everyone has settled back into church. The pastor will give a “State of the Church” message right after New Year’s Day, then launches into a major sermon series. If these sermon series are aligned with a small group study, then when do you recruit group leaders? And, when do you form groups? Before everybody gets back?
The Biggest Issue in Small Group Ministry
The biggest issue in your small group ministry is the issue that is holding you back right now. You may be struggling to find new group leaders. You might be frustrated with connecting people into groups. Your senior pastor may not be as cooperative in promoting groups as you’d want. What issue is blocking you? For me, it was my need to control. And, that was holding all of us back.
A Spiritual Four Minute Mile: Allen’s Story of Breaking the 30% Barrier in Groups
This is the story that started it all for Allen White. After seven years of handpicking group leaders and then begging my leaders to develop an apprentice, our church hit a wall with small groups. We had 30% in groups and were completely stuck. Now, here’s the part that will help you -- We figured out how to break through that wall.
Why People Aren’t Coming Back to Church
Isolation from the pandemic is basically over in most quarters. But, if your church is like most, your worship attendance is not back to the where it was pre-COVID. Here are four reasons why.
How Groups Can Overcome Politics and Stay On Mission
The political landscape is more polarized than it’s ever been (and it’s never been great). Here are some ideas about how groups can make disciples amid a hostile political environment.
5 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Church
As much as you might hate to think about this, the world is on the eve of a global recession. Now, I am a pastor and not an economist, but I play one on Facebook. (Just kidding). Sequoia Capital, the backer of companies like Apple, Google, and AirBnb, just released a presentation calling for founders to preserve cash for survival. With the oncoming recession, things are about to take a downward turn. Here are five ways you can recession-proof your church.