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WANTED: Wise Leadership! Proverbs 11


Today: Proverbs 11  Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety (Proverbs 11:14, NLT).  As we head toward Election Day in the United States, this proverb has never been more vital! Both sides would argue that they are wise leaders and their opponent is not. Their policies are wise and the other candidate’s are unwise. This …

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Top 10 Retweets – July 2012


Here are ten tweets I’ve retweeted over the last couple months. A lot of great wisdom here!  Rick Howerton‏  @rickhowerton Either a leader leads like Christ, from a heart of love and mercy, or they aren’t a Christlike leader. Jim Lyon‏  @PastorJimLyon Everbody has some baggage. The trick is to let God pack your bags + develop the itinerary. Travel …

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Dethrone These Top 10 Idols in Your Small Group!


The first commandment for small groups is this: “I am the Lord your God … you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath . . .” (Exodus 20:2-4). How can your group live out this first and most fundamental …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Your Main Job as a Leader (of anything, including yourself)


My good friend from Boise Idaho, Carl Douthit, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Too often we (and I definitely include myself) focus on “what” we DO in a relationship. God shows us that we should focus on “who” we ARE in a relationship. If our relationship with God depended on what we could do for Him, there wouldn’t be a …

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Small Group Leaders

Summer Small Groups: Some’re Here, Some Aren’t


What is your small group doing this summer? Did you know that summer can actually be the BEST time for small groups? It’s a great time to get outside together, serve together, do more socially together, play together, learn some new things together. What’s the key word here? That’s right … together! Here are some ideas: Pull out your calendars now …

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Does Your Small Group Have the Igor Syndrome?


Many small groups are like Igor in Young Frankenstein. One of my favorite scenes in the movie shows Igor, played by Marty Feldman, and Dr. Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder, talking. Dr. Frankenstein says, “You know, I’m a brilliant surgeon. I can help you with that hump.” To which Igor responds in perfect deadpan, “What hump?” This happens so often …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Small Group Dudes Are Talking About Small Group Vital Signs


I’m blessed to have partnered with many people over the years who have in one way or another shaped my thinking about small groups, community, discipleship, and ministry. I’ve been to the same conferences with many of them, been a part of the same teams and networks, and hung out together over dinner just talking life. I’ve read many of …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group


Larry Baxter, Small Groups Coordinator at Calvary Baptist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana, blogged recently about my newest book, Small Group Vital Signs and also posted the video of the session I led at Cincinnati Christian University last year. Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group I really appreciate the kind words! 

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David Roadcup on Small Group Vital Signs


Last April I had the privilege to lead a main session on small groups assessments at the Cincinnati Christian University Small Groups Conference. The theme of the conference was “Healthy Groups = Healthy Churches / Develop Your Growing Community.” My friend and partner in ministry David Roadcup spearheaded this conference. Here’s what David had to say about Small Group Vital …

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Reid Smith on Small Group Vital Signs


I’m excited to see that churches, groups, and individuals are not only reading Small Group Vital Signs but actually starting to use it in their ministries. I’ve had the opportunity to talk through it with a college class studying small groups as well as a group of small group ministers in Central Ohio. Today, I’m sharing the words of one …

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