GA Groups in Small Churches

There are always two sides to a coin. While some see a small church as a disadvantage to missions discipleship, it can be a strength that creates an effective GA ministry.

Small groups can allow for more meaningful discussion times. As questions and issues arise, leaders have the chance to address each concern. This allows for more significant discussions, as well as cultivating a leader’s ability to guide girls into a deeper understanding of their world and missions. At times, there may be an activity that requires more participants than a group has available. The leader could adapt the game to fit a smaller number of people, but be sure to keep the intent. Or better yet, the leader could use this as an opportunity to invite a women or men’s class to come play with her GAs.

One of the greatest strengths of a smaller church is the longevity of its members. This dynamic allows leaders to watch their GA girls grow up to become leaders themselves with a great opportunity for influence in future generations.

Another perk is that smaller groups can travel more easily. This means leaders can take advantage of missions opportunities outside of their immediate community. Small churches can join together to have a greater impact in their community through joint missions projects. Their GA groups will come away with a broader view of missions and how they can take the gospel “to the ends of the earth.”

Finally, small churches provide more opportunities for a GA group to share in worship services. What a great experience it is for girls to learn to stand before the congregation to share how God is at work. This is leadership development being demonstrated and carried out in girls at a young age.

What are your challenges? Look at them as puzzles to be solved. There are always adjustments and customizations that can be made. Involve girls in solving some of the issues, too. Even when only one GA comes, carry through with your meeting and remember to enjoy making her feel special by spending time listening and interacting with her.

Take confidence in where God has placed you. Keep in mind the benefits of being small. Remember, you are nurturing children who are important to God, and who, because of your ministry, will know that God has a plan for them, too!


Cindy Skelton is the South Carolina WMU children’s associate and camp director.


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