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Jesus’ Power to Multiply


In whose hands is your small group? This morning I read from Mark 6, which includes the account of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. I love Wiersbe’s illumination in his commentary: The miracle took place in His hands, not in theirs; for whatever we give to Him, He can bless and multiply. We are …

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Small Group Leaders

It’s Really Not About Burnout!


Last night during our small group meeting, Chris mentioned that we should bring all the kids up from the basement and, as parents, pray with and over them. After the kids came into the living room, sitting on parent’s laps and on the floor in front of us, Chris glanced over at me. I just nodded at him, and he …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

What Leaders Can Learn from Mountain Bikers Part 2: Keep Your Eyes on the Trail!


What do mountain bikers, George of the Jungle, and leaders have in common? In my last post on February 9, I wrote about how leaders can learn from mountain bikers how to “look down the trail.” Just as important is to keep your eyes on the trail, instead of what’s not on the trail.  Last year on a group ride …

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Small Group Leaders

Is Your Group a Romans 12 Group?


If someone asked me to pick one chapter out of the Bible to explain how a small group should operate, I’d pick Romans 12. I’ve decided to go through this chapter and pull out some principles. In verse 1 the apostle Paul begins by telling us to give our whole selves to God. The application for us as leaders is obvious. We …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Abundant Life Leadership


I closed my last post with this sentence: If you want to lead successfully, Jesus must first lead you! To lead well and bear fruit, you must be connected to the Vine (John 15:5). Another way of illustrating  this is to imagine your life as a glass. As a spiritual leader, your main job is to be in a position …

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“For a Cause or for Christ?” (Repost of Heather Zempel Blog)


I’ve been talking about the first sign of a healthy small group. It must be Christ-centered. Heather Zempel (at right) put it so well in her blog November 23. Check it out: “The disciples didn’t lay their lives down for a cause but for a person.” That’s how Dave Buehring kicked off his talk on the Ways of God at …

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Small Group Leaders

I’m Not the Leader: 1st Sign of a Healthy Group – Part 2


I am not the leader of our small group. I’m not trying to get out of anything. I’m not passing the buck. It’s just that a group can only have one real leader, and I’m not it. In my last blog, I wrote about the importance of a small group being “Christ-centered.” What’s even more important is that the leadership …

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Tootsie Pop Small Groups: 1st Sign of a Healthy Group


Healthy small groups are like Tootsie Pops. The most important part is what’s at it’s center. I was thinking about this analogy and the tract that contrasts two ways of living life, represented by two circles: the self-directed and Christ-centered life. Here’s the illustration from the Campus Crusade web site: What’s at the center of these circles determines the kind …

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