Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation: #3: Love Those Who Are Struggling


This is Day 3 of my 7 ideas your group, class, or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See #1 HERE. #2 Remember the folks in your circles who struggle this time of year. Many people—inside your group and among your group members’ friends—are vulnerable during the holidays. Many hurting people find it difficult to be thankful at Thanksgiving and come to …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation: #2: Celebrate Immanuel


This is Day 2 of my 7 ideas your group or class or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See #1 HERE. This Christmas, move past the historical Jesus who was born and lived 2,000 years ago. Consider the living Christ who is still Immanuel, God with us … the One who is with us whenever we gather together in …

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Curriculum     Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation this Christmas Season: #1: Experience Christmas!


A Christmas Experience

The holidays are coming. What is your small group’s plan? 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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Curriculum

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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Spiritual Life

The Bible’s 12 Steps to Overcome Depression


I know so many people who deal with the debilitating effects of depression. Family members. Friends. I also have gone through several seasons of depression in my life. Now, I don’t want to oversimplify depression and its effects. I’ve seen the necessity and benefits of helpful medicines for my immediate family members, but I believe they are not the end …

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Family

New Children’s Book: Help My Friend Get The Everywhere God into Print!


The Everywhere God

A close friend of mine is self-publishing a children’s book based on a poem written by her late father, Bob Nelson. Bob was a pastor with a passion for telling people about God’s undying love for them. In 1994, he wrote a poem, The Everywhere God, for his then four-year-old granddaughter who was going through a difficult time after her parent’s divorce. Bob wanted …

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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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Spiritual Life

The Lord Is on Our Side


Praise

The Lord is on our side.  I came across these six little words as I read Psalm 124 this morning. These words are so vital to our lives that the writer, David, asked the people to repeat them. I took some time to simply meditate on these small yet profoundly impacting words. Here are a few of my thoughts. Let’s …

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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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