Launching, Leading, and Sustaining a Healthy Small Group Ministry

Course Overview

This course will provide the learner with an exploration of the characteristics of a healthy small group and many of the issues that will be faced as a leader, an explanation of how to address common issues that arise in small groups, and insights into how to equip church members to love God and love one another.

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Course Outline

The Mission of the Church
Understanding the Nature of “Issues”
Relationships and Discipleship (2 parts)
Traits of a Healthy Small Group (3 parts)
Purpose of a Small Group
Open Versus Closed Small Groups
Getting People to Join a Small Group
(5 parts)
Post-Semester Steps
Recruiting Leaders
Setting Expectations for Leaders
Training Leaders
Helping Your Leaders Handle Conflict
Fighting Like Jesus
Encouraging Groups to Serve (2 parts)
Leaders Training Other Leaders
Press On

Recommended Textbook

How to Lead a Healthy Small Group

A Practical and Easy-to-Use Guide

by Kevin Mills

This book shares all you need to know to lead a healthy small group.

You have agreed to head up a small group in your church. Now what? How to Lead a Healthy Small Group is your complete guide to managing a small group effectively. From dealing with conflict to knowing how to direct difficult discussions, this book will be an invaluable resource to you as you lead your small group and encourage it to thrive.

Course Professor

Kevin Mills

Kevin Mills is lead pastor of Northway Church. He is a graduate of Mercer University and Samford University, with an earned master’s degree in theology. He and his wife, along with their four children, live in Macon, Georgia.

Online Learning

You can access your course at any time on any device. You do not need to install an app or download software.


This course is part of a full certification track offered by Church Answers University. See available certifications here.

5 hours

This course contains five hours of on-demand video that can be started and resumed at any time.

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Course available individually or with certification

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