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The First 4 Vital Characteristics of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader


Dr. Steth

One of the fundamental differences between healthy and unhealthy small groups is the spiritual vitality of the leaders. While imperfect, healthy leaders have a soft heart that God can use to accomplish his will. They are highly committed first to God, and then to the group. Healthy leaders have at least eight attributes. Today I’ll share the first four: 1. …

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The Small Group Peloton


7 Principles Your Group Can Learn from Cyclists in the Tour de France Are you watching the Tour de France? One of the most remarkable elements in the race is the peloton. Cyclists ride in tight packs to save energy by drafting (up to a 40 percent reduction in drag in a well-formed peloton), but there are many more advantages …

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4 Specific Things You Can Do to Make Your Group More Christ-Centered


Christ Centered

You may be familiar with this graphic that shows how to live a Christ-directed life. How could you apply this to your small group? Over more than 20 years of doing small group ministry, I’ve learned this: There are many skills and techniques you can learn to help you lead a good group. But nothing else even comes close to …

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The Secrret Sauce to Awesome Small Group Meetings: the 3 Main Ingredients


Sauce Ingredients

Great small group meetings don’t just happen. They take careful preparation and the right ingredients. Here are the the three most essential elements in the recipe: 1. The Real Presence of God: Simply put, a group cannot be awesome without an AWE of the presence of God in your midst. Recognizing God’s presence with you leads naturally to worship. And …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #5 – Go with the Flow


Boat

One of my favorite topics to speak on is the principle of overflow. In my training, I use a pitcher to represent God and everything that he wants to pour into us and a glass to represent our lives. I use this illustration to show that God does not simply fill our lives to the full (John 10:10), he fills …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #4 – Keep Trusting God


Jesus in Aguas de Lindoia

When life is safe and comfortable, there is no real need to trust God. That’s as true for your small group, your church, and your family as it is for you personally. It’s when you step out of your comfort zone, count the costs, surrender your own preferences, and obey God no matter what that you will most need to …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #3 – Burnout Is Universal


Robert Lay

Robert Lay, holding up my book, The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership, translated into Portuguese Brazilian leaders deal with burnout. When I was first asked to speak on the topic of leader burnout in Brazil, I was surprised. Because of all the wonderful things I’ve heard about the Brazilian church, cells, and the people, not to mention the …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #2: Community Is Not All It Should Be (even in Brazil)


Brazil Conference

It’s been a couple weeks since returning from my trip to Brazil, training cell pastors and leaders at two conferences. Yesterday, I shared the first of some of my discoveries from my trip: Community Is a Way of Life in Brazil, and because of that cells fit into that culture. While I believe that’s true, I also noticed that the …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #1: Community Is a Way of Life for Brazilians


Brazil Conference

In March, my son Dru and I traveled to Brazil where I had the privilege of training cell-church pastors, coaches, and leaders at two conferences. The first three days I led five sessions in Manaus, which is in the north of Brazil. Then we traveled to the south to the beautiful resort town of Aguas de Lindoia, where I led …

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Jesus’ Small Group Was a Dysfunctional Mess


Jesus and the Disciples

Art Credit: www.deviantART.com Jesus’ small group was a mess. It was often dysfunctional. Except for its leader, this leadership training group seemed to lack any observable spiritual leadership potential. Within two pages in my Bible, Jesus had to … rebuke his leader-intern (Mark 8:33). Actually, this verse says he looked at all the disciples as he addressed Peter: “You do …

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