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Leading with Grace: How We Deal with Depression, Anxiety, and Suffering (especially when the suffering is inflicted by fellow Christians)


People are talking about mental illness, depression, and anxiety right now, and that’s a good thing. Recently, Carlos Whittaker wrote a thoughtful blog post, “My Panic Attacks, My Mental Illness, And The Church’s Dirty Little Secret,” which, at the time of this writing, has received 181 comments. Unfortunately, people simply don’t understand mental struggles like depression and panic attacks unless they …

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Small Group Leaders

How to Deal with the Person NO ONE Wants in their Group


In a small group discussion forum on SmallGroupChurches.com, Tim asked the following question:  The person who has attended your church since the flood, is a little “off” (possibly has a mental disability but nobody knows for sure), and effectively signs up for every group. Upon arriving at the “new” small group, with the unsuspecting rookie leader, they begin to take over the …

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Facilitating Discussion

Are You a Natural Small Group Leader? Advice from Dilbert


Yesterday’s post was pretty down and dark, so how about a little Fun Friday? Image Credit: Scott Addams – http://dilbert.com/2013-02-28/ Communication is a vital skill for small group leaders, but it doesn’t usually come naturally. Are you a great communicator? Would the members of your small group ever respond, at least silently, as Dilbert does in the second panel? What one …

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Small Group Leaders

Your Vital Roles as a Shepherd-Leader – #4 in Series


The role of shepherding a small group is not complex, but it does take continuous intentional effort. Of course, that starts with an understanding that these “sheep” have been entrusted to you by the Chief Shepherd. You are a shepherd, but he is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, the Real Shepherd of the sheep. Your role is to allow him …

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Facilitating Discussion

Dilbert on Dealing with Challenging People in Your Group


When I put together my book, Dilbert on Small Group Leadership, this one goes in the chapter titled, “How to Deal with Challenging People in Your Group”:  Image Credit: Scott Addams, http://www.dilbert.com/ Lesson: Stay on your toes, leader! MORE HELP ON DEALING WITH SMALL GROUP CHALLENGES“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership7 Steps for Dealing with the Little Jerry Parasites that Are Making …

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Small Group Leaders

How to Get Rid of that Hump in Your Small Group (Special Halloween Repost)


In honor of Halloween, I’m reposting the following from May. Enjoy!  Many small groups are like Igor in Young Frankenstein. One of my favorite scenes in the movie shows Igor, played by Marty Feldman, and Dr. Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder, talking. Dr. Frankenstein says, “You know, I’m a brilliant surgeon. I can help you with that hump.” To which Igor responds …

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Spiritual Life

Please Rebuke Me! Day 9 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 9  Wise people love being rebuked. In fact, Proverbs 9 tells us, a wise person will love you all the more because you have helped him see something in himself that perhaps he did not see, and he can change it. I want people to give me feedback, criticism, and rebuke because it makes me wiser. Mockers and …

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Spiritual Life

7 Ways to Deal with Temptation from Proverbs 7


Today: Proverbs 7 Once again we are called to treasure and obey God’s Word. What happens when we don’t? We walk in darkness (v. 9) and fall into temptation. And when that temptation comes, we don’t have the godly wisdom to walk away from it. Whether it’s sexual sin or any other kind of sin, we will be seduced by it …

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Family

7 Secrets of Being a Great Parent: Day 4 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 4 Do you want to know the secrets to being a great parent? This chapter has them!  Solomon begins the chapter by talking to his own son about his father David, the man after God’s own heart: My children, listen to me. Listen to your father’s instruction. Pay attention and grow wise, for I am giving you good …

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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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