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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Time with My Friend


A friend is someone I will make time for. If someone offers friendship to me, it’s a rare privilege, but if I do not make time to be with him, we are not friends. Moses understood this. “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” – Exodus 33:11 This is the kind …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Who a Leader Listens to


A leader must know who to listen to. When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. “Look,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us….” So Aaron said, “Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.” All the people …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Follow the Instructions


I love building things, but I hate following instructions. So, I often end up with extra pieces … or find I’ve skipped a step, so I have to take half the thing apart and rebuild it … or the “completed” project just does not work. I end up having to look at the directions anyway to see where I went wrong. …

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