Discipling

Jesus’ Small Group Curriculum


What curriculum did Jesus use as He led His small group? That question seems absurd, at least to me. Jesus’ curriculum was life. He asked great questions and told great stories as He did life with His group. And so they learned how to live life as they observed Him and did life with Him. One of my favorite quotes …

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Small Group Leaders

Small Group Superhero!


Today at Northeast, Bob Cherry stepped out on stage wearing a red cape, playing the part of “Super Pastor.”  He shared how, early in his ministry, he did everything around the church: preaching, teaching, visiting, writing and printing the bulletin, roofing, and so on. He then taught us about the Old Testament role of the priests, who acted as mediators between …

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Facilitating Discussion

The “Right Person” to Lead a Small Group


This morning I received an email from a potential leader who stated she does not know if she’s the “right person” to lead a small group. This is a common response to being called to lead. I find the issue basically comes down to one or both of two factors. A person’s confidence level will depend on their personal sense …

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Small Group Leaders

Summer Small Groups: Some’re Here, Some Aren’t


What is your small group doing this summer? Did you know that summer can actually be the BEST time for small groups? It’s a great time to get outside together, serve together, do more socially together, play together, learn some new things together. What’s the key word here? That’s right … together! Here are some ideas: Pull out your calendars now …

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Facilitating Discussion

Jim Lehrer on How to Lead a Small Group Discussion


Jim Lehrer on Facilitating Small Group Discussion

One day as I was listening to The Dennis Miller Radio Show, the aforementioned Mr. Miller was interviewing Jim Lehrer about what it takes to moderate a political debate. Here are two simple techniques that we as small group leaders can learn from Lehrer. The focus is on the participants, not the moderator. Some moderators are better than others at this. …

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Discipling

When Jesus Isn’t Able


Jesus went back to his hometown, and Mark 6:5 says, “Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all” (The Message). When I read this last week, it took me by surprise. Jesus … not able to do much of anything? In the midst of healing thousands, calming storms, …

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Spiritual Life

Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?


“Blood is thicker than water.” I’ve given that proverb a lot of thought for a long time. The saying goes back hundreds of years and means that the bonds of family are stronger than those between friends. I know plenty of people (those who have messy relationships with their families of origin) who would argue with that opinion at even …

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Spiritual Life

First, Check the Heart


“How’s the condition of your heart?” What would happen if you asked that question as an icebreaker before your next study? What if you asked it before a conversation with your kid? What if you asked yourself, “What’s the condition of this person’s heart right now?” even before sharing the gospel with someone? I love the story Jesus told about …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Jesus’ Power to Multiply


In whose hands is your small group? This morning I read from Mark 6, which includes the account of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. I love Wiersbe’s illumination in his commentary: The miracle took place in His hands, not in theirs; for whatever we give to Him, He can bless and multiply. We are …

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Small Group Leaders

God’s Calling or Spiritual Gifts: Which Comes First?


Which comes first, God’s calling or knowing your spiritual gift? The way most churches approach this today, discovering your spiritual gifts comes first, and then you decide where to serve based on that information. It’s my opinion that that’s 180 degrees off the mark, and this has a profound effect on our churches. God told Moses to appear before Pharaoh. …

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