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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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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Small Group Leaders

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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Small Group Leaders

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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