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Jesus’ Small Group Was a Dysfunctional Mess


Jesus and the Disciples

Art Credit: www.deviantART.com Jesus’ small group was a mess. It was often dysfunctional. Except for its leader, this leadership training group seemed to lack any observable spiritual leadership potential. Within two pages in my Bible, Jesus had to … rebuke his leader-intern (Mark 8:33). Actually, this verse says he looked at all the disciples as he addressed Peter: “You do …

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Small Group Leaders

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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Small Group Leaders

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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Small Group Leaders

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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Small Group Leaders

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 part of the core team …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

How to Build a Group of Real Friends: Throw Away the Signup Sheets!


The healthiest small groups can be described as groups of real friends…friends who accept one another where they are, friends who are there for one another no matter what, no matter what time of day or night, friends who speak the truth in love and help one another grow in their relationships with God. But how do you as a small …

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Discipling     Small Group Leaders

How to Help Your Group Members Keep Growing and Growing


How to Help Your Group Members Keep Growing and Growing

How do you help maturing disciples to keep growing? Both the Bible and developmental psychology show that a natural next step for many of them is to step out and lead others. 1. The Bible, especially in Hebrews 5:11—6:1, assumes that a maturing follower of Jesus will eventually step out to lead others. How do you help group members to …

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Ministry Leaders

10 Tough Discipleship Questions Facing Every Small Group Minister


Yesterday, Rick Howerton posted what he believes are the “10 Discipleship Confusions Invading the Small Group World.” Rick and I think a lot alike, and I believe he “nailed it” with his characterization of many of the current trends in small groups ministry. Here’s my own summary of Rick’s post, and I’m talking particularly to church leaders and small group …

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Small Group Leaders

Two Rocket Boosters That Will Propel Your Small Group to Accomplish Christ’s Mission


I’ve found two boosters that, when either is utilized separately, develops more authentic community, spiritual growth, accountability, a deeper prayer life, leader development, and multiplication. But when these two are used together, they turbocharge your group for carrying out Christ’s mission and bearing much fruit.  Share Leadership with a Core Team Never lead alone. Solo leadership leads to ineffectiveness, lack …

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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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