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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Spiritual Life

The Choice


Where do you turn when you mess things up? The book of Hosea recounts a time when God’s people lost their way. And they had a choice: Where would they turn for help? Unfortunately they made the wrong decision: “When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could neither help nor …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Don’t Point Fingers, Leader


Did you know that as a spiritual leader, God will hold you accountable for the spiritual condition of the people you lead? You are a steward of the leadership responsibilities and the people He has entrusted to you (1 Peter 5:2, 3) and you and I will someday give an account to Him (Matthew 25:19; see vv. 14-30 for the …

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Facilitating Discussion     Small Group Leaders

Transcendence in Healthy Groups


One key to a healthy small group has to do with transcendence–an understanding that some things in life are bigger than yourself, like God, values, an organization’s mission, policies, the community, etc. This transcendence affects a small group in at least two ways: First, the leader and the whole group must realize that what is truly transcendent in the group …

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Spiritual Life

I’m a Gomer … and So Are You


Hosea has never been a Bible book I’ve paid a lot of attention to. Until now, I may have never quoted it. None of my favorite or memory verses are from it. But as I read it now, I’m amazed by it’s very clear and meaningful illustration of God’s character, ways, and love for us. This morning as I read …

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