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Why You Should Stop Inviting Jesus to Your Small Group Meetings


“Lord we invite you into our presence.”  I’ve been in lots of small groups–and worship services for that matter–in which leaders began with words like these. Their intentions and hearts were good, but their words revealed what I believe is one of the most overlooked and undervalued kingdom principles that Jesus gave us: “For where two or three come together …

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Small Group Leaders

Mannequin Small Groups


Yesterday I wrote about the difference between dead small groups and those that are fully alive. (Read it here.) But there is a third category, closely related to the first. Some small groups were never alive in the first place! My friend Carl Douthit once described these groups as mannequins. They were not created with the intention of being alive, …

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Small Group Leaders

Why Don’t We Worship More in Small Groups?


Worship belongs in small groups, but some groups don’t worship together regularly. Why not? ·       Intellectualism.When knowledge of the Bible is the main objective, God gets crowded out. Agendaitusis the problem. The group simply does not have time in their tight schedule for worship and meaningful prayer. They may have Martha’s Syndrome: they are too busy doing things to sit …

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Spiritual Life

Larry the Cable Guy, Nike, Frank Sinatra, Burger King, and How We Think


Today: Proverbs 19    “Get ‘er done!” – Larry the Cable Guy “Just do it.” – Nike advertising slogan “I did it my way.” – Frank Sinatra “Have it your way.” – Burger King    These are the ways our culture teaches us to live. They say …      You da man!      You are the master of your own …

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Small Group Leaders

Top 10 Retweets – July 2012


Here are ten tweets I’ve retweeted over the last couple months. A lot of great wisdom here!  Rick Howerton‏  @rickhowerton Either a leader leads like Christ, from a heart of love and mercy, or they aren’t a Christlike leader. Jim Lyon‏  @PastorJimLyon Everbody has some baggage. The trick is to let God pack your bags + develop the itinerary. Travel …

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Curriculum

Dethrone These Top 10 Idols in Your Small Group!


The first commandment for small groups is this: “I am the Lord your God … you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath . . .” (Exodus 20:2-4). How can your group live out this first and most fundamental …

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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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Small Group Leaders

A Healthy Small Group Is the Body of Christ


A small group, at its core, is Christ’s body in action. Stop and think about this for a moment. Your small group is the church. Not a subset of the church. Not a supportive program within the church. Not a tool to close the back door. Unfortunately, in today’s world, our mental image of “church” is usually something much bigger …

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Small Group Leaders

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 is when I’m standing still, …

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External-Focus     Training SG Leaders

Do small groups divide the church?


Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I’m not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (here), and Debra commented,  Small groups often divide the church into cliques. The group forms, bonds, and no new people stand a chance …

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