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Trials Along the Trails


“At the Lord’s command, the people of Israel left the Sin Desert and moved from place to place.”  – Exodus 17:1, NLT For us as leaders, life is more than just setting a goal and then achieving it. God works in our lives, families, small groups, and churches in the midst of the journey, as we move from place to …

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Spiritual Life

3 Secrets in the Wilderness


The secrets to living life to the full can be found in the wilderness. It was there at Marah that the Lord laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him: “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, …

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Small Group Leaders

5 Ships Every Small Group Needs


A healthy small group needs 5 ships to carry out its mission: Fellowship: This one’s the flagship. A group needs authentic Christ-centered community to be healthy. But how do you get there? The other 4 ships flank and reinforce the flagship.. Ownership: Share ownership of the group by making sure every member of the crew has a role in the group. …

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Small Group Leaders

Small Group Roles


In my last post on January 27, I wrote about the difference between sharing ownership with the whole group and sharing leadership with a Core Team. As Alyssa Dourte suggested in her comment to that post, sharing ownership is a great way to prepare some group members for eventual Core Team leadership. I’ve shared why every group participant should have a …

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Small Group Leaders

Share Ownership, Share Leadership


Share Leadership - Ownership

Like to know one of the biggest secrets to leading a healthy, vibrant, life-changing small group? Last year, our survey of Life Group Leaders showed that groups who shared leadership as a Core Team were much stronger in all the other areas of group health. Having a Core Team is one of the “Seven Signs of a Healthy Small Group”: …

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Small Group Leaders

Making Love a Verb in Your Group


Northeast Christian Church is in the middle of what we’re calling our “Family 911” series. Last week Bob’s topic was “Make Love a Verb” in your marriage. I posted on Facebook, “Best place to make love a verb is in a small group.” Of course, that got some interesting responses! I count 15 times in the New Testament where we …

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Small Group Leaders

Do We Belong to Each Other?


As the body of Christ, we belong to each other (Romans 12:5). How do we truly live this out in our small groups? Do we really act like we belong to each other, or do we act as if we belong to ourselves? In an individualistic, me-centered culture in which many look at their church and small groups with a …

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Small Group Worldviews


In Romans 12:2, Paul says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” This verse describes the purpose of small …

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Is Your Group a Romans 12 Group?


If someone asked me to pick one chapter out of the Bible to explain how a small group should operate, I’d pick Romans 12. I’ve decided to go through this chapter and pull out some principles. In verse 1 the apostle Paul begins by telling us to give our whole selves to God. The application for us as leaders is obvious. We …

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Immersed In Relationships


Yesterday was an amazing day, maybe my favorite worship service ever. 112 people responded and came forward to be baptized, most of which were spontaneous decisions. The power of the Holy Spirit was very evident as people lined up to be immersed. Of course there’s a story behind each person’s decision, and I hate to pick one person’s story over …

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