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What to Do When Ministry Feels Like It’s Failing – Part 3: Redefine Success


This is the third and last planned post in this three-day series. I introduced the series in Part 1 and talked about the first reason we face failure and what to do about it in Part 2. Today, let’s tackle a second reason we sometimes don’t feel like we’re bearing fruit and what we can do about that. At times, …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 2: Respond When God Initiates


Yesterday I began a 3-part post about how to respond when you are not seeing any fruit in your ministry, small group, or just about anything else you are involved in. Read Part 1 here. In reading Isaiah and considering other Biblical leaders, I see two reasons why we face failure and what to do about each one. Today I’ll …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 1


What do you do when you don’t see any fruit in your ministry? We all face this from time to time. You could be leading a small group, ministry, church, family, or whatever, or perhaps you’re simply trying to lead that family member or friend to Christ, and you’re not seeing any movement. No successes. No wins. In fact, you …

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External-Focus     Training SG Leaders

Do small groups divide the church?


Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I’m not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (here), and Debra commented,  Small groups often divide the church into cliques. The group forms, bonds, and no new people stand a chance …

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Ministry Leaders

Life Group of the Week


We’re starting something new at Northeast Christian Church this week: Life Group of the Week. The idea came out of a brainstorm by our Life Group Ministry Team, and we’ve been working up to this week for several months.  We promote the group of the week in our worship guide, on the side screens at the beginning of the weekend …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Top 20 Favorite Blog Posts of 2010


Here are my favorite 20 posts by some of my favorite bloggers last year. Tattoo Man, Brian Jones Enchi-fricken-ladas, Alan Danielson Burritos, John Eldridge Thou Shalt Offend Pharisees, Mark Batterson Form Without Presence, Scott Boren Potential = Purity, Mark Batterson Great Leaders Challenge “The King,” Scott Williams Christian Schwarz Got It Right, Randall Neighbour The Most Overrated Church Comment, Alan …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Small Group Vital Signs – Introduction


I spent most of today writing the Introduction of Small Group Vital Signs (working title). I’m excited about this book because it will be intensely practical. From my experience, a lot of small group leaders and pastors struggle with developing truly healthy, vibrant, life-changing, fruit-bearing groups. We all wish we had radically redemptive, world-shaking, disciple-making, growing and going missional groups, just …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Training SG Leaders

Revive Refocus Retreat Review


Our Revive Refocus Retreat for Leaders yesterday was powerful. Our prayer team spent months praying for and planning this day and they did a great job leading it. Our numbers were lower than we had hoped for, but it wasn’t about numbers anyway. It was about what God would do when we made ourselves available to Him to work and …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Training SG Leaders

Revive Refocus Retreat


Tomorrow is our “Revive Refocus Retreat” which we’ve been planning for several months. This retreat is for leaders to grow and experience God more deeply through prayer. The reason for this retreat is simple: the best. most fruitful, life-changing groups are led by healthy leaders who have a strong, growing relationship with God. But let’s face it, leaders are usually …

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