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How Can My Group(s) Do What Jesus’ Group Did? (Is That Even Possible?)


Your small group can do what Jesus' did - Change the World!

The back cover of World’s Greatest Small Group features this audacious claim: Your small group can do what Jesus’ did: Change the World! I wouldn’t make such a claim if I didn’t believe it’s possible. But I believe not only that it’s possible, but that it’s exactly what Jesus wants to happen. It’s what he said will happen. It’s what …

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Protected: For Bloggers and Reviewers: Can Your Group(s) Really Do What Jesus’ Did—and Even Greater Things?


Your small group can do what Jesus' did - Change the World!

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12 Ideas for a Life-Changing Small Group Christmas


12 Ideas for a Life-Changing Small Group Christmas

What is your small group’s plan for this Christmas season? Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group. Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow in their faith as well as to reach out to and …

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Ministry Leaders

Business Books Every Ministry Leader Should Read


Business Books for Ministry Leaders

I asked Christian leaders across the U.S. to recommend a book written primarily for business leaders that they’ve found helpful in their ministry leadership. The first 10 of these were originally published in the September 2016 issue of the Christian Standard in my monthly “Best Practices” column. (See the original article HERE.) I’ve added 5 more and included all 15 …

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Interview: Leadership Expert Deborah Ike on Leading Healthy Small Groups


Deborah Ike Leadership Interview Small Groups

I recently met Deborah Ike, who works with church leaders to help them grow their churches and create a life with healthy margins. She is the author of two books, Volunteer Management Toolkit-Church Edition and Protect the Vision: A Practical Guide to Church Risk Management, both available on her website: Velocity Ministry Management. After reading this interview, go check out …

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Idolatry in Small Groups: Warnings & Remedies


Idolatry in Small Groups

Small Group Ministry Leader, if you discovered that one of the small groups under your care was engaging in idol worship, what would you do? Small Group Leader, if your small group ministry leader came to you to warn you to stop worshiping idols, how would you respond? In both he Old and New Testaments, idol worship is strictly forbidden …

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The Best Small Group Coaching Resources


BEST Small Group COACH Resources

Every small group needs a coach to be healthy, grow, bear fruit, and eventually reproduce themselves. I have tried every coaching model and system I could find, and I made up some of my own along the way. Several times I totally eliminated my whole coaching structure and started over with something new. All I wanted was something that actually …

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Ministry Leaders

6 Must-Read Books for Small Group Ministry Leaders


Books for SG Ministry Leaders

I teach a “Small Group Ministry & Discipling” seminary class at Cincinnati Christian University that is designed for students who have an interest in starting or further developing a small group ministry in a local congregation. I selected the required textbooks for these leaders and emerging leaders to give them a mixture of adaptable philosophy, biblical values for discipleship in …

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Ministry Leaders

How to Start Lots of New Groups That Continue and Multiply


The 12-step strategy can be summarized in 4 words: Focus short-term, plan long-term. Many people are reluctant to join a long-term group, especially with people they don’t already know. Perhaps this is why so many small group events and campaigns fail. But people will try a short-term group (four to six weeks, maximum) that meets a specific felt need. Once …

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12 Crowd-Sourced Ideas to Get More People Involved in Your Groups


I participate in a huddle of small group and discipleship ministers in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region that discussed how to get more people involved in disciple-making groups. Here are 12 of their ideas. Many of these work well in combination with others. 1. Build a culture of authentic community in small groups in the church. Of course, the preaching minister/lead pastor …

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