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Small Group Leaders

Does Your Small Group Have the Igor Syndrome?


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 in perfect deadpan, “What hump?” This happens so often …

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Small Group Leaders

7 Steps for Dealing with the Little Jerry Parasites that Are Making Your Group Unhealthy


A couple days ago on my blog, I introduced “Little Jerry,” a pet name for my little parasite friend I had living in my body several years ago. Read the post here. I talked about how parasites can also come into your church or group and the unhealthy effects they can have on the Body. To get healthy again, you …

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Small Group Leaders

Prescriptions for a Healthy Small Group


You’re getting fat. Too many Ho Ho’s. Not enough exercise. You’re constantly sick and nearly anemic. If you don’t do something soon, this may turn into something really serious. Don’t take it personally—I’m talking about your group … well, many groups anyway. When it comes to good health, small groups are a lot like people. We have to take care …

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Small Group Leaders

Burned Small Group Biscuits


I do not normally blog forwarded emails, but this one really got me thinking about the vitality of acceptance and understanding in authentic, Christ-centered small groups. If we don’t love others unconditionally, we don’t really love them at all. When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember …

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Spiritual Life

When You Feel Abandoned or Alone


When you feel abandoned and alone, when you feel like life is just not fair, consider how Jesus felt. He had poured his life into his friends. He loved them sacrificially. And he knew that when he needed them, they would desert him. “But the time is coming—in fact, it is already here—when you will be scattered, each one going …

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Spiritual Life

Occupying Ephesus


Funny how some things never change: At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” A crowd began to gather, and soon the city was filled with confusion. … Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why …

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Spiritual Life

Life Is All About Timing


I have been praying for God to bring restoration in a personal matter for some time, and it’s difficult to understand sometimes why my prayer seems to go unanswered. Some people are praying for restoration of health or finances or a relationship or a career. And we wonder why God is not moving in the way we are asking him to. …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Ministry Feels Like It’s Failing – Part 3: Redefine Success


This is the third and last planned post in this three-day series. I introduced the series in Part 1 and talked about the first reason we face failure and what to do about it in Part 2. Today, let’s tackle a second reason we sometimes don’t feel like we’re bearing fruit and what we can do about that. At times, …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 1


What do you do when you don’t see any fruit in your ministry? We all face this from time to time. You could be leading a small group, ministry, church, family, or whatever, or perhaps you’re simply trying to lead that family member or friend to Christ, and you’re not seeing any movement. No successes. No wins. In fact, you …

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How to Include and Love People with Special Needs in Small Groups


Special Needs Love

I received the following question from a fellow small groups director. It’s a great question and one most small group leaders have dealt with or will deal with. How do you handle special needs or even just very socially awkward (haven’t necessarily been diagnosed) adults in groups?  Our young adults group is doing great, but recently they’ve had many requests …

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