Online Training Series 2023

Event Details

Date: On-Demand Replay Available

Hosts: Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry

Join Resurrection Adult Discipleship leaders as they share the fruit of two years of research, experimentation, and practice in a new take on small group ministry that seeks to rethink the experience of small groups and refocus the life of the church on this critical component of Christian faith. Informed by psychology, theology, and sociology, this new (and highly doable) approach will help any size church put an effective and relevant model for small group ministry into practice. And, it’s easily learned and implemented!

This online training took place June 22, 2023, with 3 sessions focusing on different aspects of implementing this new approach to small groups in your congregation. Learn more in Session Descriptions.

Host Site for 10

Cost: $225 – Learn More

With a Host Site registration, you can gather up to 10 people at your church to engage in the training together. You will receive one link to watch (for use on up to 2 screens) through December 26.

Your team can gather together for strategic planning and debriefing. This is a great opportunity to learn the material and then dream together about how you might implement the principles and practices you learn.

The cost of a Host Site registration for a group of 10 is $225. Have more than 10 participants? Please contact us for additional options.

Questions? Contact us at or at 913-544-0247.


Individual: $29 / Person

Host Site Rate: $225 / 10 People

ShareChurch’s Online Training Series is made possible by the generous support of our 2023 Series Sponsors: Saint Paul School of Theology and Text in Church.

Additional Sponsors of Re-Thinking Small Group Ministry include: Educational Opportunities Tours, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Claremont School of Theology and United Methodist Communications.

Event Schedule

Thursday, June 22, 2023 (Note: All times are Central Time Zone)
9:00 – 9:55 AM CDT Session 1: Getting on the Small Group Boat
9:55 – 10:05 AM CDT Break
10:05 – 10:55 AM CDT Session 2: How to Sail the Small Group Boat
10:55 – 11:05 AM CDT Break
11:05 – 12:00 PM CDT Session 3: Where is the Small Group Boat Going?

Session Descriptions:

Getting on the Small Group Boat

Led by: Justin Schoolcraft and Matt Bisel

How do we ensure we are making the small group journey accessible? This first session will focus on removing as many barriers as possible and giving people every opportunity to say yes to the small group journey.

How to Sail the Small Group Boat

Led by: Justin Schoolcraft and Matt Bisel

Small group ministries must adapt as people become increasingly shaped by isolation, technology, and a lack of civic engagement. In this session, you’ll learn tools for leading people into healthier social and conversational habits that help set groups up for quality discipleship.

Where is the Small Group Boat Going?

Led by: Justin Schoolcraft and Matt Bisel

The goal of Christian small groups is personal transformation into the image of Christ. While that journey is ongoing, the path must be intentional – with stated goals, mile markers, and expectations from the outset. Small groups are simply better when there is a destination in mind.

Justin Schoolcraft

Leawood Small Groups & Young Adult Program Director

Justin is a Provisional Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He joined Resurrection’s pastoral staff in July of 2019. He loves the day-to-day work of being involved with people and receives joy from helping them come to recognize the movement of God in their lives. In his work with small groups and young adults, Justin’s passion is creating a culture of community where everybody feels like they belong.

Justin grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. He attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he studied religion. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His time at Candler led him to prison chaplaincy, student pastor assignments, and countless trivia night defeats all over the city of Atlanta. For fun, Justin loves playing several instruments, rooting for the West Virginia Mountaineers, and being as active as possible.

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Matt Bisel

Adult Discipleship Lead Director

Matt and his wife, Kelly, along with their two children, daughter Linden and son Olly, live in Kansas City but love to travel the world, experiencing new places, cultures and people. Matt studied literature and the classics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. In addition to being a pastor, he is a musician and songwriter, writing and leading worship with the COR Worship Collective.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The entirety of the conference content will be available for replay by participants for 6 months after the live event ends. With this extended access there is no need to cancel your registration if you find you are unable to participate on the day of the live event. However, if your circumstances change and you no longer wish to have access to the conference content, cancellations for a full refund are accepted through June 9. We are unable to offer a refund after June 9.

Yes. Each registration purchased is intended for one participant. This is on the honor system. We trust if your team intends to watch the conference together that you will purchase a registration for each participant. Each participant needs their own registration with a unique email address to access the virtual platform and for access to the replay of the training session. You will have the opportunity to register multiple participants on one form during registration.

If you have a larger group, you can purchase a Host Site registration for up to 10 people. See details above.

American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa are accepted for this event. Should you need to make other payment arrangements, contact us at

A link to the online event will be emailed to all registered participants a few days prior to the online training session. The platform is simple to access and navigate, and we will provide easy to follow instructions. We do recommend that you check out the platform a day or two prior to the start of the event to get oriented. You do not need to download any special software.

Yes. You will have access to the recording of the event through December 26 via the online platform. You’ll use the same instructions you use to access the live event.

The time zone for this event is Central Daylight Time: Thursday, June 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT (begins 10:00am Eastern/8:00am Mountain/7:00am Pacific).

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