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How to Make This the Best Christmas Ever


Alan Danielson and his friend Darren Currin have written a new Advent/Christmas eBook, The Best Christmas Ever, that releases November 26 and is available for preorder now. It’s a devotional eBook that is designed to help people truly experience Christmas differently this year. The Best Christmas Ever provides practical steps to find more joys and fewer pressures this advent season. This …

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Small Group Leaders

4 Reasons Leaders Don’t Pray More for their Groups


Hands Praying

Praying leaders have faster growing groups.    That’s not just speculation or theory. It’s a fact backed by research. This morning, I read and nodded my head through Jim Egli’s newest post, “4 Reasons Why Praying Leaders Have Faster Growing Groups.” If you lead a small group or are a coach, ministry leader, or any kind of Christian leader, this …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

10 Can’t-Miss Principles for Finding the WRONG Leaders


Help Wanted

Through my assessment of small groups as well as my experience leading groups and coaching other leaders, I’ve observed a direct correlation between leaders who hog leadership and groups that do not grow or multiply. Leaders who lead healthy, growing groups share leadership with two to three others … but not just any two or three others. I’ve seen leaders …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Ministry Leaders

What Should Happen with a Leader Who Has No Time for God?


Dusty Bible

What should a church or small group pastor do when they discover that a small group leader is not spending time daily with God–assuming this is an ongoing issue? Yes, there are times that most of us have gone through the desert, and perhaps we’ve allowed our time with God to slip down our priority lists. But we know these times are …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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


Vital Signs Monitor

In my previous post, I shared the first 4 characteristics of a life-changing leader. Read that post first. While those are the most fundamental, the next 4 are no less vital: 5. Healthy small group leaders are friends with non-Christ-followers Small group leaders may or may not have the spiritual gift of evangelism, but they do intentionally seek out friendships …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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