Spiritual Life

Religion, Prophets, & Leading from the Heart


As I began reading the Book of Amos this morning, I read the Introduction from The Message about religion and the role of prophets. While I don’t usually share longer quotes here, I think this is well worth sharing. See what you think. More people are exploited and abused in the cause of religion than in any other way. Sex, …

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Small Group Leaders

Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?


I received a good question from one of our small group leaders today. I think this is a critical question that many leaders and groups are asking: What are the top 3 things a healthy small group should be doing? Shouldn’t it be more than just social, or just project driven? Here’s my response: Below are the top 7 hallmarks of a …

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Spiritual Life

Hosea 14 Prayer


My Father, I confess that going my own way has brought me down. I have suffered the consequences of trying to go my own way without You. So now once again I return to You. Forgive me of my sins and graciously receive me, so that I may offer you a sacrifice of praise. Government programs can’t save me, nor …

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Small Group Leaders

On 3 … Point to the Group Leader!


What–or, more precisely, who–is missing from many small groups? In my last post, I wrote about the model of small groups many of us have taught for years. But we were wrong. We were leaving out what was most important. The power for small group health, growth, and multiplication comes not from a model, program, or even one’s leadership abilities. …

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Small Group Leaders

Leadership Is Not a Solo Act


For several decades, small group leaders have been taught that leading is a solo act. I’ve seen (and even used) a model that pictures a small group leader sitting alone in the middle of a circle, surrounded by all the members of the group. That picture illustrates that the leader has been given the sole responsibility for finding, inviting, shepherding, calling, praying for, …

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Spiritual Life

How God Parents Brats (Like Us)


God’s children are like spoiled brats. God cares for us in His mercy and grace, and we take advantage of Him. We want our own way. God’s chosen children, the people of Israel, did this over and over. I read Hosea 11 this morning. This chapter reads like the transcript from an interview with a loving mom and dad whose …

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Spiritual Life

Good Seeds, Bad Seeds


You reap what you sow. This leadership principle is so pervasive throughout the Bible. I came across it again today in Hosea 10. The prophet said: Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Should Christian Leaders Set Goals?


Goals and Plans

One of my hallmarks of a healthy small group is Goals and Plans: The group has a written “Action Plan” that includes a mission, goals, expectations, ground rules, etc. I’ve written about goals, plans, wins, and intentionality often in my posts at www.smallgroupleadership.blogspot.com. (Go there and see labels for “goals and plans,” “group health,” “intentional,” and “win.”) Obviously, I believe …

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Small Group Leaders

No More Leader Burnout


Don’s small group started smoothly and seemed to go well the first several months. Within the first year, Don called me to tell me he was stepping down from group leadership. When I met with him to ask what happened, he told me about his increasingly frantic pace of life and the overwhelming amount of time and energy required to …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

O God … or Yea God?


Your attitude as a leader is a vital to the health of your small group. That’s why your daily time with God is so important. It’s the starting point for leading from the heart. It’s way too easy for a leader to fall into an “O, God …” attitude. O, God, these people aren’t really growing. O, God, why are …

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