Learning Objectives

Prepare for launch! This course will guide you in all the practical details of planning for your small group, your first meeting, and beyond.

  • Gain all the resources you need to launch a small group

  • Learn key rhythms in the beginning phase of the small group

  • Get a head start on the prep work needed for launching

Play Your Way

Engage with the material in your context!

  • ~45 minutes (self-paced)

    All your progress will be saved so you can resume where you left off.

  • Course Quicksheet (pdf)

    This is a quick summary of the material that you can use as a preview of the course or as a refresher once you've taken it.

  • Course Worksheet (fillable pdf)

    We recommend printing this worksheet out (or opening it on separate tab), so you can refer to it as you go. More courses resources can be found at the resource toolbox.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: To Infinity and Beyond!

    • Ready for Takeoff

    • Introduction

    • Before we begin . . .

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Prepping for Launch

    • Lesson 1: Establish a Clear Vision

    • Lesson 2: Make “Come and See” Invitations

    • Lesson 3: Turn Up the Hospitality

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Lift Off! Your First Meeting

    • Lesson 1: Meeting #1

    • Lesson 2: T-Minus 30 Minutes

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Post Launch

    • Lesson 1: Debriefing Meeting #1

    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting the First Few Meetings

    • Lesson 3: Future Small Group Stages

    • Check for Understanding (Quiz)

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Conclusion

    • Closing Remarks

    • Before you go . . .

Resource Toolbox

All resources referenced from this course will be linked below for your convenience to view and download. Please use/adapt these resources to what works for you in your ministry context.



Launching Your Small Group Quicksheet

(3-page pdf)

Summary of the course in a quick, 3-page format, perfect for a quick review on the go!

Small Group Launch Checklist (fillable) 

(1-page fillable pdf)

This interactive checklist of practical tasks is broken into three phases to get you to your first small group.


Navigating Small Group Conflict

(Ministry Library page)

Conflict, when addressed and resolved, grows the group closer and healthier. Use these tips to help you lead your small group through conflict.

Group Icebreakers

(Ministry Library page)

This list of will help you get things going, whether you are leading a small group Bible Study, creating community time at a large group gathering, engaging in outreach, or other ministry activities.