Ministry Leaders

REVIEW: Starting Small by Ben Reed … Just Added This to My Top 3!


Starting Small

I just counted them … 90. In my office I have 90 books written about leading small groups. Make that 91. I just read Ben Reed’s new book on how to put together a small group system in your church. It’s titled, Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint. Now why would Ben, or anyone else for that matter, write …

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Curriculum

REVIEW: Let Hope In by Pete Wilson


Let Hope In

Hope. Someone—perhaps everyone—in your small group needs it, especially now. When I watch the news each day, I see tons of people who need it. When I talk to the men in my small group, each one needs it for different reasons. When I look at our family’s finances, health and health insurance, kids growing up into adults, family members …

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Curriculum

REVIEW: Running with God, by Liz Linssen


Every once in a while as I edit a book, it takes longer than expected, not because the writing is bad but because the content is so good that I get distracted from my job. Running with God was such a book for me. I enjoy trying to stay healthy and physically fit. I’m not much of a runner anymore; I …

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Small Group Leaders

Seven Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation This Holiday Season


Holiday Gift Pack

What is your small group doing over the holidays? “Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group,” I wrote in my November column in The Christian Standard magazine. “Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow in …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Five Straightforward Steps for Making God’s Word a Daily Part of Your Life


Read Me

I have been writing about the vitality of God’s Word for leaders, whether you lead a small group, a ministry, a church, a business, a family, or yourself. Yesterday I wrote about my love for God’s Word. Like the writer of Psalm 119, I desire to seek God with all my heart (v. 10). Like most humans, I struggle with …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

A Christian Leader’s Confession: I Love God’s Word!


God's Word is Love

I love God’s Word.  To some people that might sound weird. A little fanatical. Some may even say my love is misplaced: it’s OK to enjoy reading the Bible,but you should reserve your love for God, right? The Bible is more than just a book to read. It’s different than Tom Sawyer or Atlas Shrugged or Twilight. The Bible is more than just …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Trying Hard in the Spiritual Life: Rx for Burnout?


Burnout Bible

As Christ-following leaders–of small groups, ministries, churches, families, businesses, ourselves–we know that our relationship with God must come first. If we spend time with him, committed to walking with him, seeking him, and putting his kingdom first, he will take care of everything else and will overflow through us into the lives of those we lead. We know that, don’t …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Want to Be a Great Leader? Live with Integrity!


Integrity Definition

Our world is in desperate need for leaders with integrity.  A healthy leader whom God will use to carry out his mission, bearing lasting fruit, is a person of high integrity. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Yet here’s the thing. Integrity is pretty easy to believe in and talk about; but it’s incredibly hard to live out. Integrity …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Here!


God is Good

Do you want to be a leader after God’s heart? Do you have a passion for leading a healthy group, ministry, church, business, or family–or life? If your answer is yes, you are in for an exciting, dangerous, life-changing journey as you partner with God and allow him to pour himself into you so you may overflow his goodness into …

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SG Movement/History

Where Is the Small Group Movement Today?


Stages of Social Movements

Lately I have been studying the beginnings of the small group movement in order to better understand what we can learn today. Last week I spoke to +Ralph Neighbour, and he gave me some incredible insights. Movements typically develop over time in three (or up to about eight, depending on what sociologist you read) levels: LEVEL 1: Emergence. This is …

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