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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Facilitating Discussion

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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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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