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Leader's Heart-Overflow

There’s Nothing Small About a Christ-Centered Small Group


There is no such thing as a “small group” when it is focused on the presence, power, and purposes of Christ! This morning I was reading Zechariah 4, where the prophet receives a vision from God about the rebuilding of the Temple. Verse 6 is probably on the Top 10 List of most quotable verses in the Bible: “Not by …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Jesus’ Re-Incarnation


Since today is officially the start of the “holiday season” (I know … “Christmas” is the religiostically correct term, but I’m still digesting Thanksgiving), and since Advent does begin this Sunday (for those who celebrate it, which I haven’t since growing up Catholic, but plan to again this year after a 22-year hiatus), I thought I’d share a little about …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Training SG Leaders

Revive Refocus Retreat


Tomorrow is our “Revive Refocus Retreat” which we’ve been planning for several months. This retreat is for leaders to grow and experience God more deeply through prayer. The reason for this retreat is simple: the best. most fruitful, life-changing groups are led by healthy leaders who have a strong, growing relationship with God. But let’s face it, leaders are usually …

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Curriculum     Ministry Leaders

Resources for Healthy Small Groups


I write and talk a lot about healthy small groups. (To see my blogs on the topic, click here.) To review, the seven hallmarks of a healthy group are: Christ-Centered Healthy, Growing Leader Core Team Goals & Plans Authentic Biblical Community Serving Others Disciple-Making The result or “fruit” of a healthy group is a group that is: Growing, Reaching Out, and …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Filled with Power


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 3 Scripture: “But as for me, I am filled with power and the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and might, fearlessly pointing out Israel’s sin and rebellion” (Micah 3:8). ObservationMicah compares himself to the false prophets and other religious leaders of his time who didn’t know right from wrong, hated good and …

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Small Group Leaders

Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?


I received a good question from one of our small group leaders today. I think this is a critical question that many leaders and groups are asking: What are the top 3 things a healthy small group should be doing? Shouldn’t it be more than just social, or just project driven? Here’s my response: Below are the top 7 hallmarks of a …

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Small Group Leaders

On 3 … Point to the Group Leader!


What–or, more precisely, who–is missing from many small groups? In my last post, I wrote about the model of small groups many of us have taught for years. But we were wrong. We were leaving out what was most important. The power for small group health, growth, and multiplication comes not from a model, program, or even one’s leadership abilities. …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Should Christian Leaders Set Goals?


Goals and Plans

One of my hallmarks of a healthy small group is Goals and Plans: The group has a written “Action Plan” that includes a mission, goals, expectations, ground rules, etc. I’ve written about goals, plans, wins, and intentionality often in my posts at www.smallgroupleadership.blogspot.com. (Go there and see labels for “goals and plans,” “group health,” “intentional,” and “win.”) Obviously, I believe …

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Facilitating Discussion     Small Group Leaders

Transcendence in Healthy Groups


One key to a healthy small group has to do with transcendence–an understanding that some things in life are bigger than yourself, like God, values, an organization’s mission, policies, the community, etc. This transcendence affects a small group in at least two ways: First, the leader and the whole group must realize that what is truly transcendent in the group …

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Discipling

When Jesus Isn’t Able


Jesus went back to his hometown, and Mark 6:5 says, “Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all” (The Message). When I read this last week, it took me by surprise. Jesus … not able to do much of anything? In the midst of healing thousands, calming storms, …

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