david santistevan


Small Group Circles

I’m currently enjoying the book, “Making Ideas Happen:Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality” by Scott Belsky. I really love the practicality of Scott’s insights and what he has done to help organize creative teams and individuals. One of the points that he makes is how it’s easy for creative leaders to isolate themselves from others. We want our ideas to be original and we like to work alone so as not to encounter conflict. The problem with this is that there is zero accountability and many of our ideas never see the light of day because of it. Herein lies his idea of “Circles”. A circle is a team of creative individuals that have chosen to meet and work together on projects.

There are a lot of similarities between Scott’s idea of “circles” and local church small groups. Small groups are the center of our ministry model at Allison Park Church and I couldn’t agree more with it. I think we could glean some insight from Scott’s “Rules of Circles”. If this applies in the business world, how much more should our small groups function in such a way?
  • Limit circles to fifteen members or less
  • Establish a clear and consistent schedule for meeting
  • Meet frequently and stay accountable
  • Assign a leader
  • Extend your circle online

What I love about this idea is the goal is always action. I think our small groups can easily lack this essential component. I mean, if we’re not actively making a difference than what are we doing?

What else would you say makes an effective small group?



October 18, 2010 - Posted by | Leadership, Young Adult Ministry

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