Small Group Coaching & the 10-20-70 Model

As I coach and consult with small group point leaders and churches, I’m finding that coaching leaders is (still) a struggle for many. At the same time, I partner with several organizations that deal with coaching business leaders, and I’m applying what I’m learning in that environment to small group and church ministry. Over the … Continue reading “Small Group Coaching & the 10-20-70 Model”

Is Your Small Group (or Church) Ready to Go Underground?

What will happen to the church and to small groups if (or when) it becomes illegal for Christian ministers to publicly hold up biblical values? What if your testimony became “hate speech”? These are the questions Francis Chan addresses in this three-and-a-half-minute video. The video, I believe, is actually misnamed. While politics is the backdrop … Continue reading “Is Your Small Group (or Church) Ready to Go Underground?”

The Secrret Sauce to Awesome Small Group Meetings: the 3 Main Ingredients

Great small group meetings don’t just happen. They take careful preparation and the right ingredients. Here are the the three most essential elements in the recipe: 1. The Real Presence of God: Simply put, a group cannot be awesome without an AWE of the presence of God in your midst. Recognizing God’s presence with you … Continue reading “The Secrret Sauce to Awesome Small Group Meetings: the 3 Main Ingredients”

The Fool’s Gold of Group Discipleship: 6 Small Group Elements Easily Mistaken for the Real Thing

All that glitters is not discipleship. Christ-Centered, Holy-Spirit Empowered, Authentic, Missional Small Groups that Share Leadership are the environment where discipleship happens best, but I’ve witnessed far too often that many groups focus on the wrong wins. These are all fools gold: Good Meetings. If folks leave saying, “Great meeting!” they may have missed the … Continue reading “The Fool’s Gold of Group Discipleship: 6 Small Group Elements Easily Mistaken for the Real Thing”

Small Group Fireplaces Series: #2 – Leaders Pray

Small groups have no more chance of initiating revival or transforming people’s lives than an empty fireplace has of starting a fire. Your small group should be a fireplace–an environment where God will do what only he can do in changing people’s lives. But you are not the fire, or even a match. I began … Continue reading “Small Group Fireplaces Series: #2 – Leaders Pray”

Seven Steps to Share the Leadership of Your Group

I’ve written in other posts about the Vital Sign of Sharing Leadership with a Core Team of two or three others. Today let’s talk about HOW you can move from leading solo to team-leading the group. Here are seven steps you can take. 1. Share the load. Ask God to show you whom you should ask to be … Continue reading “Seven Steps to Share the Leadership of Your Group”

The Purposely UNbalanced Small Group

Yesterday, I posted about being Purposely UNbalanced in life. I’ve found that it’s impossible to be truly balanced in ministry as well, especially when it comes to leading a small group. As I’ve often said, leading a healthy group is much like riding a mountain bike. The only time I’m close to being perfectly balanced … Continue reading “The Purposely UNbalanced Small Group”