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Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group


Larry Baxter, Small Groups Coordinator at Calvary Baptist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana, blogged recently about my newest book, Small Group Vital Signs and also posted the video of the session I led at Cincinnati Christian University last year. Step Up to the Call: Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Small Group I really appreciate the kind words! 

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David Roadcup on Small Group Vital Signs


Last April I had the privilege to lead a main session on small groups assessments at the Cincinnati Christian University Small Groups Conference. The theme of the conference was “Healthy Groups = Healthy Churches / Develop Your Growing Community.” My friend and partner in ministry David Roadcup spearheaded this conference. Here’s what David had to say about Small Group Vital …

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Reid Smith on Small Group Vital Signs


I’m excited to see that churches, groups, and individuals are not only reading Small Group Vital Signs but actually starting to use it in their ministries. I’ve had the opportunity to talk through it with a college class studying small groups as well as a group of small group ministers in Central Ohio. Today, I’m sharing the words of one …

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7 Steps for Dealing with the Little Jerry Parasites that Are Making Your Group Unhealthy


A couple days ago on my blog, I introduced “Little Jerry,” a pet name for my little parasite friend I had living in my body several years ago. Read the post here. I talked about how parasites can also come into your church or group and the unhealthy effects they can have on the Body. To get healthy again, you …

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Little Jerry … and his unhealthy effect on your group


A few years ago I was sick – really sick. I lost about 20 pounds, had stomach aches, constantly felt nauseous, and had a number of other symptoms you really don’t want to know about. The doctors ran lots of tests, and finally, after four weeks, discovered the problem. I had a parasite. Giardia intestinalis, to be precise, a microscopic single-celled …

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Prescriptions for a Healthy Small Group


You’re getting fat. Too many Ho Ho’s. Not enough exercise. You’re constantly sick and nearly anemic. If you don’t do something soon, this may turn into something really serious. Don’t take it personally—I’m talking about your group … well, many groups anyway. When it comes to good health, small groups are a lot like people. We have to take care …

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Alan Danielson on Small Group Vital Signs


Small Group Vital Signs is now shipping. If you have not yet received your copy, you can order it here today! By the way, you can also get a digital version of the book and start reading as soon as you download it. Just go HERE to get started.   As the book begins to ship, I want to share what …

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It’s here! Small Group Vital Signs Arrives


Here’s what was waiting for me when I got home from the office this evening … my author’s copies of Small Group Vital Signs. It’s one thing to see manuscripts and proofs on my laptop screen, and it’s quite another to have the actual book in my hands. It looks really good, thanks to the hard work of  Randall Neighbour …

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Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions


My friend Ben Reed, a fellow small group pastor (Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee), writer, and the Small Groups Network marketing director, sent me an email earlier today that contains a letter from Rick Warren to his church staff at Saddleback Church and an interview Warren did in response to some misinformation about him and Saddleback. I thought it …

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Rick Howerton on Small Group Vital Signs


When I first thought about who I’d like to write the foreword for Small Group Vital Signs, I immediately thought of Rick Howerton. Rick has a passion for Biblical community, understands what makes a small group healthy, and is one of my favorite writers on the topic of groups. I knew that when he read my book he’d “get it.” …

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