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Where Do You Go When You Have Lots of Small Group Questions?


Amy K Jackson

It was about this time 20 years ago—the fall of 1995—that I started a new ministry from my basement in Cincinnati, Ohio. For a couple of years I had considered developing a national magazine for small group leaders, and I even had an offer from the preeminent small group ministry of that time to publish it—in due time. As I …

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An Important Message to the Small Group Point Person


Jay Daniell

GUEST POST by Jay Daniell, Small Group Network, jay@smallgroupnetwork.com; @jaydaniell *     *     *     *     *     * As the small group point person in your church, there is no need to stand alone. Around the turn of the century, God moved in me as a volunteer to launch small groups in …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Ministry Leaders

Finding FAST People


Joel Comiskey

GUEST POST by Joel Comiskey, Ph.D., president of www.joelcomiskeygroup.com. *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *   I really wanted John to replace me as the small group point person. He was knowledgeable, talented, friendly, and likable. He was a good friend and always positive. But he was the wrong guy. Why? He just wasn’t FAT. Or better, he …

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SG Models/Structure

Our Move to House Church—What We’ve Learned So Far


Randall Neighbour

GUEST POST by Randall Neighbour, randallneighbour.com. *     *     *     *     *     *     * In my last blog entry (click here to read) I shared that my wife and I felt led by God to start a house church with hopes it would grow into a network of house churches who have mid-week cell groups. What have we learned in the …

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From Brick & Mortar to House Church—The Why


Randall Neighbour

GUEST POST by Randall Neighbour, randallneighbour.com. Randall Neighbour is more than just another group-life guru to me. He’s a friend whom I’ve partnered with in many ways. He and the organization he leads, TOUCH Outreach Ministries, has published five of my books. Back in the day, Randall asked me to lead training seminars in churches through the ministry. Randall constantly …

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Is Your Group System Like a Baby or a Loaf of Bread?


Allen White

What Giving up Control Taught Me about Effective Group Ministry GUEST POST by Allen White: http://allenwhite.org *     *     *     *     * I hear a lot of pastors debate the need for a quality experience at the expense of connecting and growing the vast majority of their congregations and their communities into their group system. I also hear the reverse of …

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Discipling     Ministry Leaders

Is Your Small Group (or Church) Ready to Go Underground?


What will happen to the church and to small groups if (or when) it becomes illegal for Christian ministers to publicly hold up biblical values? What if your testimony became “hate speech”? These are the questions Francis Chan addresses in this three-and-a-half-minute video. The video, I believe, is actually misnamed. While politics is the backdrop of his comments here, Chan’s …

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What Are the Best Methods and Models for Small Group Ministry?


Methodology

As a coach and consultant, I’m often asked to talk about the right methods to achieve the goals and mission that the church wants to accomplish. Sometimes the questions sound more sanctified, as I’m asked about the most biblical methods. Other times the discussion forms around models, usually relating to the ones certain successful churches use. Methods and models often …

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How to Kill an Unhealthy Small Group


Stethoscope

How do you kill an unhealthy group? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, but I believe it begins with a faulty premise. Yes, some small groups are unhealthy, but that doesn’t warrant killing them off. Several years ago, my friend Brian Jones wrote a blog post, “Why Churches Should Euthanize Small Groups.” Many churches have lowered the …

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5 Ways to SERVE Your Leaders Well


Here to Serve

Yesterday I wrote about what leaders really need from us as leaders of leaders. Today, let’s get more practical. What do leaders really need? I developed a simple acrostic to help me and other leaders of leaders remember what is really important. It’s the responsibility of every leader of leaders—whether that’s a pastor, other ministry staff person, or volunteer coach—to …

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