Keys to a Better Small Group Experience

Seedbed - Seven Minute Seminary

What are some keys to a better small group experience? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Kevin Watson shares insights from the early Methodist small group practices.

The social religion that John Wesley advocated was not synonymous with “social justice.” Rather, it was a call for Christians to pursue holiness by living in shared community, including the class meeting and the bands. These were two key ways that contributed to renewal of the church and revival in the 18th century, and could very well lead to renewal again in the 21st century.

Get Kevin’s book, The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (And Essential) Small Group Experience from our store.

Watch more Seven Minute Seminary videos.


Kevin M. Watson has been in the academy for the past thirteen years. In that context, he has studied, taught, and written six books. After earning tenure at Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Kevin is returning to the local church to practice what he has preached. He will serve as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First Methodist Church, Waco, Texas. Watson writes at


  1. Great video! Very useful for a short explanation in the local church setting for why small groups are so important, and how it is the Methodism originally created the ideal system. Now the hard part is just implementing something like this again…