Tune Up Your Small Groups Program
This workshop is based on “Lessons Learned From A Study of Hundreds of Church Small Group.” Over the past year, Dr. Ryan Hartwig, a professor from Azusa Pacific University and author of Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership, has led a research team studying hundreds of church small groups to learn what thriving groups do and don’t do. Combing through a rich data set, Ryan and his research team have learned several key characteristics and behaviors that set great small groups apart from those that aren’t so great.
Ryan will bring a sneak peek into his team’s emerging Leading Small Groups That Thrive model. This distills their key findings into action steps for pastors and leaders, and those who architect and direct small group ministries. Learn data-driven, practical tips you can implement right away to take your small group ministry to the next level of health and effectiveness.
Ryan is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical university near Los Angeles with over 10,000 students. He teaches group, organizational, and leadership communication courses, and his engaged scholarship, training, and consulting work aims to help nonprofits and churches thoughtfully leverage effective group and organizational communication practices, processes, and structures to fulfill their missions.
His scholarship has been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Southern Communication Journal, and Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, and presented at numerous academic conferences. His first book, Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (with Warren Bird, InterVarsity Press, 2015) explores how to build healthy leadership and ministry teams.