Facilitating Discussion

When to “Call” on Individuals in a Small Group Meeting


Pointing Finger

I usually train leaders not to call on individual members during a small group meeting. Your goal is to promote discussion, not quiz members. I also don’t like putting group members on the spot. My goal is to create an atmosphere of genuineness, openness, vulnerability, and acceptance. I’m going for a free-flowing dialogue. I find that calling out specific people …

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Spiritual Life

Kim Davis: What Would Jesus Do?


Clerk Kim Davis

Like you, I’m reading and listening to people who don’t understand why a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs. This is a clash of worldviews. Some see their religious liberties being violated. Some see their rights, as upheld by the Supreme Court, being violated. Some see this as …

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Discipling     Ministry Leaders

Is Your Small Group (or Church) Ready to Go Underground?


What will happen to the church and to small groups if (or when) it becomes illegal for Christian ministers to publicly hold up biblical values? What if your testimony became “hate speech”? These are the questions Francis Chan addresses in this three-and-a-half-minute video. The video, I believe, is actually misnamed. While politics is the backdrop of his comments here, Chan’s …

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Curriculum

What Small Groups Should Study and Direction from Above


Choices

I just read an interesting article by Eric Geiger at LifeWay. In essence, the article says that most small group leaders are given no direction in what their groups study. Read the article HERE. Here’s my reply: In some ways this is both bad news and good news. The bad news is that leaders and their groups definitely do need more …

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SG Models/Structure

What Are the Best Methods and Models for Small Group Ministry?


Methodology

As a coach and consultant, I’m often asked to talk about the right methods to achieve the goals and mission that the church wants to accomplish. Sometimes the questions sound more sanctified, as I’m asked about the most biblical methods. Other times the discussion forms around models, usually relating to the ones certain successful churches use. Methods and models often …

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Spiritual Life

How to Start Every Day: This WILL Change Everything!


Sunrise

How did your day start today? Let me take a few guesses. Some of you rolled out of bed and thought to yourself, Oh no. It’s Friday the 13th. I wonder what bad thing will happen to me today.    Or maybe you thought, Tomorrow is February 14 … and then … I’ve got to get to the store today! …

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Ministry Leaders

How to Kill an Unhealthy Small Group


Stethoscope

How do you kill an unhealthy group? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, but I believe it begins with a faulty premise. Yes, some small groups are unhealthy, but that doesn’t warrant killing them off. Several years ago, my friend Brian Jones wrote a blog post, “Why Churches Should Euthanize Small Groups.” Many churches have lowered the …

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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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