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Brazilian Community: What We in the US Can Learn


My son Dru and I arrived in Manaus, Brazil yesterday and today we have been able to get out around the city a little. This is a beautiful place and very warm, friendly people. I’ve been told by many before I came that Brazilians naturally know how to do authentic community, and I’m seeing the evidence of that all around …

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10 Stupid Things That Are Keeping Your Small Group from Growing


10 Stupid Things that Keep Small Groups from Growing

Geoff Surratt, director of Exponential, wrote a book titled Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing. Great title, so I, ummm, borrowed it. Here are what I believe are the top 10 stupid things that prevent groups from growing or doing anything truly worthwhile. Consuming. Groups who focus all their attention on themselves grow … fat. But they don’t grow …

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


Gold

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 point. A great meeting does …

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Commit to Meeting Weekly (Commitment and Small Groups Series #10)


Small Group Weekly Calender

I’m on a personal mission to communicate the vitality of Commitment in Small Groups. Commitment is the key to authentic community, real discipleship, the bearing of lasting fruit, carrying out Christ’s mission, and multiplication. One of the places I see this lack of commitment most obviously inflicting small groups is in the frequency of group meetings. This being said, I believe …

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The Missing Ingredient in American Churches and Groups (Commitment and Small Groups Series #9)


Missing Ingredient

“If you make disciples, you will always get the church. But if you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples.” -Mike Breen, “Why the Missional Movement Will Fail” Breen makes some great points in his post I reference above. Definitely worth a read. I can see church leaders all over the country discussing this in staff meetings. …

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Does Commitment to a Group Depend on the Correct Chemistry? (Commitment and Small Groups Series #8)


Blake's Tattoo

I received a question on another site to the first post in this Commitment and Small Groups series.   QUESTION: Just was reading about the group that got tattoos, wow! I wish that symbolism transferred to the heart. Discipleship is a tough tackle. … That particular group probably has the right people in if they were all willing to ink up …

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The Costs of Commitment in Groups (Commitment and Small Groups Series #6)


Is It Worth It?

I’m writing currently about commitment in groups and I believe this is vital. Groups that are committed to one another, despite the costs involved, are the ones in which people grow and develop into disciplemaking disciples. They are also the groups that grow in numbers. bear fruit, and reproduce themselves. Commitment always comes with a cost, however. Jesus required surrender …

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5 Surefire Ways to Screw Up a Small Group (Commitment and Small Groups Series #4)


All About Me

1. Make your group all about you. When you first looked for a small group, you may have done so in the same way you shopped for a new car or a new refrigerator. You looked for features you wanted, features like the right people, the right location, the right day or time, and the right kind of study or …

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Commitment and Small Groups #3: How can you help small group members become committed to the small group?


How can you help small group members become committed to the small group? That’s the question Blake Atwood of Faith Village recently asked me. Here’s my response. What do you think of this? What questions or issues do you find still unanswered after hearing this? 

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Commitment and Small Groups #2: Relearning our New Testament Calling


Commitment

Look at the following statements from the New Testament about how we should live in community with one another: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” …

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