5 Values of a Thriving Small Group

GROW Groups are a semester based approach to small groups inspired by the ministry of Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas! If you wonder what a healthy GROW Group might do or look like, check out the Pioneer Memorial Church’s values summarized by Pastor Vatel further below with her added scriptural references

The PMC Pastoral Team calls them “values” or the groups’ DNA because they are a description of the behaviors they’d like to see replicated within the ministries of the church.  These values are based on the Book of Acts,Chapter 2.

Definitely check out Searcy and Kerrick’s work to understand the basic HoPE small group’s philosophy and make it your own.

PMC 5 GROW Group Values

Bible- (Acts 2:42)

The GROW group’s foundation is on biblical principles. Even if the focus is not on an actual bible study, a faith component is embedded as part of the group life. Let us know of creative ways you might include “Bible” within your group.

Examples of how you might incorporate the Bible value within your meeting: Devotional thought, Scripture memorization or sharing stories of faith before, during or after the group activity.

Evangelism- (Acts 2:47)

The GROW group exists for those not yet part of it. Groups are encouraged to have a symbolic empty chair as a reminder to welcome someone who is not part of our church community.

If the empty chair principle does not apply for a group meeting, the members may choose to invite guests at a social gathering that they would organize outside or instead of their regular group meeting time.

Service- (Acts 2:44-45)

GROW Group participants plan and implement a service project that they have agreed to do together to positively impact their local community. The project will be scheduled by group consensus before the end of the Semester.

Social- (Acts 2:46)

The GROW group participants will throw a “party” outside of the group’s meeting time. It doesn’t always have to involve a lot of food. Getting together is for becoming even better acquainted with each other after meeting several times, and most importantly, for having fun.

Prayer- (Acts 2:42-43)

No matter the activity or the study, time is set aside for sharing prayer requests or reports and intercessory prayer with a reminder to pray for each other in between group meetings.


Have you been part of a Small Group?  Is there a system that has worked better for your church than others? If so-how has the experience change you,your home,your church or your community? 

Personal PrayerScript: Giving Thanks

At the end of a study on giving Thanks, how about inviting participants to a few moments of meditation?

Depending on the group size and comfort level, you may read the prompts and invite people to answer in silence. Pause between the lines to give people a chance to think about their answers.

If in a small group, read the sentence, pause at the blanks and allow for one word answers from those who wish to speak them out.

There are PrayerScript samples in this blog, so feel free to use them if you decide to split into groups of two or three during your prayer meeting. It’s especially a good idea to use these if you have first time guests or newbies: this way anyone who has rarely prayed out loud in front of others won’t feel too awkward when their turn comes. By the way, no need to point this strategy out to everyone. If you do use a PrayerScript as part of the prayer experience, do distribute copies to everyone! It’ll help the group be bonded and unified under one theme.

What other ways could you use this PrayerScript or what have you found helpful to help disciple others into prayer?


Download PrayerScript Thank You God