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Real Life Groups Leadership Podcast: Season 2 Ep 6 – The 5 Stages of Group Development

Real Life Groups Leadership Podcast: Season 2 Ep 6 – The 5 Stages of Group Development

In today’s episode, our guests represent over 40 Life Groups at our Post Falls Campus – Sara Short and Jesse Hill join host Chris Short to talk about the different stages of a Group.  In this conversation they bring up why these stages are needed in a group, how you can determine what stage your group is in, and how to navigate them through that stage.  Here are some of highlights of their discussion.


  • Where did the idea of group stages come from?
  • What are the 5 stages and how can you tell what one your group is in?
  • What are some of the indicators you should be looking for?
  • The different stages: Forming, Storming, Norming, Ministering and Multiplying.
  • How do the stages correlate with Real Life Ministries SCMD process?
  • What are some things that can stall group growth?
  • Why is the Storming stage important to further growth?
  • Why does the Norming stage have the potential to be harmful to a group?
  • Where do we see these stages in the Early Church?


Below are two PDF tools you can utilize as you coach and guide your group through these 5 stages.






We have some other great tools that our leadership have made available for you to use!


  • Right Now Media: (The Netflix of Bible Studies)

Real Life has gifted our people with a free membership to this platform! Find out more at this link.  https://app.rightnowmedia.org/en/user/reallifeministries


  • Real Life Resources: This digital library contains over 500 tools and resources to help both you personally and those in your group. Podcasts, videos, books, studies and much more at this link. https://realliferesources.org/


You can download the show notes from this episode here: Show Notes 


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