Tips for hosting small groups during Lent

Jan 31, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Sparkhouse


Lent offers a season of reflection; a time to dig into faith and focus on its meaning in your life today and in the future. For many adults, it’s a time where they long to connect with others to explore the Bible, faith, and religious practices. It’s a time to focus on personal growth; a time to explore. 

For this reason, many ministry leaders opt to host small groups during Lent to give adults a space to conduct this exploration and an avenue for them to discuss their faith. 

Interested, but don’t know where to get started? Done it in the past, but have some areas to improve? You’re reading the right blog post! Today, we’ll highlight three key tips for how to successfully host small groups during Lent. 

Survey your members

Your adults will tell you what they want to focus on for a Lent small group. Ask them everything from format, topic, meeting frequency, you name it! In doing so, you can make sure that you’re setting up a small group that works for them and their needs. (Not sure where to start? Check out this blog post for more information!) 

Think about going virtual

Everyone seems to have busier and busier schedules these days, and for your adults, it’s no different. From work to kids, it can be tough for them to carve out even just one hour a week to meet in a small group setting. 

Make it easy for them and think about hosting a virtual small group. Set up a private Facebook group or email chain, and set parameters around what should be studied each week. Give them discussion questions, either daily or weekly, and watch the conversation flourish. (This also works as a complement to a physical small group, too!)

Follow a book club structure

Don’t have time to dive into a longer curriculum that lasts for several weeks? Keep it topical by following a book club structure. Select a book that dives into a topic of faith or the Bible and host one or two sessions to talk about key elements within the material. 

Sparkhouse, for instance, offers a Dialogues On small group curriculum that features learner books that can be studied as standalone pieces, too. 


Learn more by joining us in a FREE webinar on Thursday, February 14 at 11 a.m. CT about seven ways to build a better small group. Register now!

Topics: Adults Ministry


Written by Sparkhouse


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