Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups

Course number: DEPS3102 • Credit hours: 3 hrs


Distance Education Course: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups for change, care, growth and service within the local church.

Course Description: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups will introduce the student to the patterns of small groups within scripture, the various models of small group developing a small group ministry and the ways in which small groups can assist in the accomplishment of many different goals within church life. This course is practical, theoretical, experiential and will afford the student the tools necessary to start or work within an existing small group ministry.

Course Textbooks:
The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry:
 A Trouble Shooting Guide for Church Leaders. Bill Donahue & Russ Robinson. Zondervan. ISBN 0310267110
Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. ISBN: 0310250285
Leading Life-Changing Small Groups. Bill Donahue. Zondervan. ISBN 0310

    Instructor:  Jay Dyrland

Biography: Jay and his wife Kathy-Sue, along with their three children (Jacob, Katie, and Holly) live in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Jay serves as the Worship Director of Heartland Alliance Church. Jay looks forward to skiing with his family in the mountains, and his passions include teaching people towards a greater theological understanding of who/why/how we worship.

On a hot summer day Jay likes to make a pilgrimage to Starbucks for a nice cool Iced Mocha!

Bachelor of Religious Education from Vanguard College
MA in Worship Studies at Briercrest Seminary, Caronport Saskatchewan
Certificate in Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary Alberta