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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Spiritual Life

When Life Isn’t Making Sense, Ask the Right Questions


When you are walking through a dark valley of the soul or when the circumstances in your life are not making sense, it’s vital to ask the right questions. In Psalm 73, the people, in the midst of difficult and seemingly unfair life situations, are dismayed and confused. “Does God realize what is going on?” they ask. “Is the Most High …

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Ministry Leaders

5 Great Gift-Giving Ideas to Celebrate Your Small Group Leaders This Christmas


As a small groups minister, each year at this time, I’d begin thinking about what gift I might give to my coaches and leaders to say thank you and to let them know how much I appreciate them. Here are a couple things I’ve learned over the years and a few ideas for you. Whatever you do, be sure your …

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Small Group Leaders

What a Healthy Small Group is NOT


x  A CLUB. A healthy small group exists to make disciples and experience the abundant life “      together. Different groups find varied ways of doing that. x  A CLIQUE. Healthy small groups are always open to newcomers. x  An ORGANIZATION. A healthy small group is a living organism. It is the body of Christ. x  ONE DAY A WEEK. A healthy …

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Ministry Leaders

10 Tough Discipleship Questions Facing Every Small Group Minister


Yesterday, Rick Howerton posted what he believes are the “10 Discipleship Confusions Invading the Small Group World.” Rick and I think a lot alike, and I believe he “nailed it” with his characterization of many of the current trends in small groups ministry. Here’s my own summary of Rick’s post, and I’m talking particularly to church leaders and small group …

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