Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know

by Reggie Joiner, Tom Shefchunas. The reThink Group, Inc., 2012.


This resource provides strategies for encouraging faith among children through small group ministry.


faith formation, being present, creating a safe space, partnering with parents, making it a personal experience, moving children out on mission, understanding small group ministries for children and youth

Recommended Audience

clergy, children's ministry leaders, and small group leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Encourage faith formation in children by establishing a strong small group ministry.
  • Train small group leaders on how to develop an effective community by sharing the five strategies described in this text.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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