Facilitating Discussion

“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership


Last week while leading a small group conference session on “Building Real Community” I mentioned the 80/20 rule. That is, in a healthy small group, the group should do about 80 percent of the talking while the leader should talk only about 20 percent of the time (and much of that 20 percent should be in the form of questions). …

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Small Group Leaders

Partnering with God


God specializes in reconciliation and restoration! It’s what he does best and it’s one of the things in which he takes great joy. Just read Luke 15 to see what I mean. God also loves to do more–surpassingly or abundantly more–than we can even ask or imagine. He loves it when we partner with him to carry out his mission …

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Small Group Leaders

You’re A Shepherd, But Not The Shepherd


“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care” (1 Peter 5:2). As a small group leader, your main role is to be a shepherd, yet it is essential for you to understand that you are not the real shepherd, the chief shepherd. That role belongs exclusively to Jesus. “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep,” and …

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Small Group Leaders

The Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd


Green Love Seat - Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd

This leader is the shepherd I do not want. He maketh me sit down on green love seats; he leadeth me to meetings. He ignoreth my soul. He leadeth me to complete my homework assignment— It taketh three hours, for heaven’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of downsizing and debt, you are not with me. Your wife …

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Facilitating Discussion

What Small Group Leaders Can Learn from Great Preachers About Facilitating Dynamic Discussions


As small group leaders, we can learn how to lead vibrant, life-changing groups from a variety of sources, and we should always be looking to learn more. Why? Because God uses what we do to transform lives and grow his kingdom! Last week, I viewed the “Preach Better Sermons” online conference webcast from Preaching Rocket, featuring some of the best …

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Spiritual Life

7 Ways to Respond When God Does Not Feel Like “Immanuel”


When God Does Not Feel Like “Immanuel”

What do you do when you are struggling and God seems far away? Especially during this season of the year, it seems many of us are hurting. We desperately want to know Immanuel—God with us—but he seems more like Exmanuel–God used to be with me, but now I feel like he’s left me … or I feel like he is …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Apostle Paul’s Top 21 Leadership Character Traits


Apotle Paul Leadership Traits

  Today in our men’s group we discussed Acts 20. As I read and prepared for our discussion, I noticed 21 character traits of the apostle Paul. Look over this list, and then take time to assess yourself as a leader. Which 3-5 of these are you doing well? Put a star next to these. Well done, good and faithful …

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Small Group Leaders

Coach K and Jesus on Real Leadership


It’s college hoops time again, and I may be weird, but I enjoy watching the coaches as much or more than the players. I love strategy, and as a former youth coach myself, I love to analyze (and, yes, sometimes second-guess) the decisions coaches make. Coaching is leadership and as leaders we can learn a lot by watching good coaches. …

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Discipling     Small Group Leaders

How to Help Your Group Members Keep Growing and Growing


How to Help Your Group Members Keep Growing and Growing

How do you help maturing disciples to keep growing? Both the Bible and developmental psychology show that a natural next step for many of them is to step out and lead others. 1. The Bible, especially in Hebrews 5:11—6:1, assumes that a maturing follower of Jesus will eventually step out to lead others. How do you help group members to …

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Spiritual Life

Thankful Through the Valley


I am thankful today that I have the privilege of having a loving Father who is BIG and powerful! Bigger than any circumstance or situation, more powerful than anyone or anything that comes against me. I’m thankful that though he is so big, he also is concerned and involved in the minute details of my life. He is Jehovah Jireh, …

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