Small Group Leaders

How to Deal with the Person NO ONE Wants in their Group


In a small group discussion forum on SmallGroupChurches.com, Tim asked the following question:  The person who has attended your church since the flood, is a little “off” (possibly has a mental disability but nobody knows for sure), and effectively signs up for every group. Upon arriving at the “new” small group, with the unsuspecting rookie leader, they begin to take over the …

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Are You a Natural Small Group Leader? Advice from Dilbert


Yesterday’s post was pretty down and dark, so how about a little Fun Friday? Image Credit: Scott Addams – http://dilbert.com/2013-02-28/ Communication is a vital skill for small group leaders, but it doesn’t usually come naturally. Are you a great communicator? Would the members of your small group ever respond, at least silently, as Dilbert does in the second panel? What one …

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Spiritual Life

Lord of the Darkness: Trusting Jehovah When Suffering Comes


Psalm 88 must be the darkest psalm of them all, and one of the bleakest passage in the Bible. As I read this today, I kept waiting for the yet or however or but that you find in other psalms, but there are none. The author, Heman, goes on and on about how bad his life is. Read my journal …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

How to Build a Group of Real Friends: Throw Away the Signup Sheets!


The healthiest small groups can be described as groups of real friends…friends who accept one another where they are, friends who are there for one another no matter what, no matter what time of day or night, friends who speak the truth in love and help one another grow in their relationships with God. But how do you as a small …

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Small Group Leaders

Your Vital Roles as a Shepherd-Leader – #4 in Series


The role of shepherding a small group is not complex, but it does take continuous intentional effort. Of course, that starts with an understanding that these “sheep” have been entrusted to you by the Chief Shepherd. You are a shepherd, but he is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, the Real Shepherd of the sheep. Your role is to allow him …

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Small Group Leaders

What does your small group(s) do over the summer?


I’m writing my monthly Christian Standard small groups column for May, and I have this question. I’d liove to hear your response! What does your small group (or the groups at your church) do over the summer? Any great ideas I could share? Any values in play with this? Any philosophies of ministry/community involved? Please respond by clicking on the …

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Spiritual Life

When Cupid’s Arrows Bring Pain


Today I am blessed to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my beautiful bride and love of my life, Heidi. Valentine’s Day 2012 was not so happy. I won’t go into details in this public place–not yet anyway–but many of our close friends and family know the past several years have been a struggle for us. I know we’re not alone. Marriage …

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Small Group Leaders

File This: The Value of Belonging


As you probably already know, Rick Warren is a big champion of the vitality of community through small groups. In today’s “Daily Hope,” his daily email newsletter that goes to people all over the world, Warren speaks specifically about this value of belonging. I’m quoting it here because this is something you may want to stick in your files  for …

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Small Group Leaders

What’s Your Definition of a Small Group Leader?


Your responsibility as a small group leader is primarily to shepherd the sheep that God puts into your care and to go out and bring more sheep into the fold. So . . . ·         Do not view yourself merely as a Bible study teacher or the equivalent of a Sunday school teacher who presents lessons to the group. ·         …

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Dilbert on Dealing with Challenging People in Your Group


When I put together my book, Dilbert on Small Group Leadership, this one goes in the chapter titled, “How to Deal with Challenging People in Your Group”:  Image Credit: Scott Addams, http://www.dilbert.com/ Lesson: Stay on your toes, leader! MORE HELP ON DEALING WITH SMALL GROUP CHALLENGES“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership7 Steps for Dealing with the Little Jerry Parasites that Are Making …

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