Ministry Outreach: Growing Your Church's Small Groups

by Randy Cochran. Ministry Today, January 26, 2011.


This article provides a basic framework for understanding healthy small group leadership.


strengthening small group programs

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Discuss ways to develop small group leaders after reading about the benefits of empowering leaders through training and personal support.
  • Maintain the health of your small group ministry by developing small group leaders.

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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