Leader's Heart-Overflow

Leading Down the Mountain


Spiritual leadership begins with the heart to be led. It involves humble surrender of “my” leadership as an act of stewardship to God. Moses displayed this kind of leadership. Moses returned from the mountain and called together the leaders of the people and told them what the Lord had said. – Exodus 19:7 The job of a spiritual leader can be …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Great Humility = Great Leadership


It takes great humility to be a great leader. Moses was a great leader because he was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth (in his own words! See Numbers 12:3.). It takes humility as a leader to listen to others’ advice, especially when they tell you that the way you are …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

3 Vital Leadership Principles in the Wilderness


“Then Moses pleaded with the Lord, “What should I do with these people? … The Lord said to Moses … Moses did just as he was told …” – Exodus 17:4-6 As the Northeast church campus undergoes a lot of messy construction, our senior pastor, Bob Cherry, has compared it to the Israelite’s journey in Exodus. It’s a good analogy. We’re …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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