The Field Guide for Small Group Leaders

by Sam O'Neal. Harper Collins Publishing, 2023.


This resource focuses on the small group leader's responsibility to prepare and lead small group meetings.


basics of small group ministry, tips on small group sessions, setting the tone, accommodating learning styles, crafting questions

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and small group leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Train new and veteran small group leaders using this resource at retreats.
  • Improve your small group ministry by training leaders on how to set the tone, create meaningful questions, and more.

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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