Ministry Leaders

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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Ministry Leaders

What Every Small Group Leader Needs from their Small Group Pastor


Leaders

I’ve made it a regular, ongoing practice in my ministry to ask the leaders under my care, “What do you need? How can we help you most in your ministry?” If I were to sum up their typical response in one line, it would sound something like an old Carpenter’s song: “What a leader needs now … is love, sweet …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation this Christmas Season – #6 & 7: Party and Plan


Small Group Christmas Party

Today I’m giving my last 2 of 7 ideas your group, class, or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See 1-5 here. Throw a Party The holidays are an excellent time for a party with a purpose. Be creative: make it a story party, where each person comes prepared to share a short story about a Christmas past; or have a …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation this Christmas Season – #5: Start Some New Traditions


Homeless Thanksgiving

This is Day 5 of my 7 ideas your group, class, or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See 1-4 here. For most of us, the holidays are about traditions: taking a drive to see the lights, decorating the house together, going to local events, and, of course, going to church services. Why not invite those from your group or …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation: #4: Give Gifts


Gift Giving

This is Day 4 of my 7 ideas your group or class or family can use to celebrate Christmas. See 1-3 here. Years ago, I read +Dick Alexander’s sage advice about gift giving that I’ve never forgotten. “Gifts are an integral part of Christmas,” he said, “but they can either express or distort its meaning.” He suggested limiting our gift …

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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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