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What challenges are you facing in your small group ministry? Research indicates that the focus of many small groups centers around self-improvement and the interests of the participants. Like too many of our Sunday School classes, small groups can also be centered on content, intellectual growth, and personal edification that reinforce a consumerist mindset (i.e. that the church is the dispenser of goods, programs, and services, that satisfy the wants of its audience).

The Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way workshop will explore baptism as a foundation for creating a culture of discipleship. Small Groups thrive best in a culture of discipleship when the church becomes a church of small groups instead of a church with small groups. The aim of this workshop is to have a conversation about the role small groups play within a culture discipleship and how to begin implementing a small group ministry that makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

In the lead up to the workshop, I invite you to listen to a podcast co-hosted by myself and Steve Manskar (Director of Wesleyan Leadership): https://blog.umcdiscipleship.org/category/leadership/wesleyan-way/

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