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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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SG Models/Structure     Small Group Leaders

Continuing to Rethink Our Small Group Model … Where Do Groups Meet?


In my last post I discussed “Rethinking Our Small Group Model.” A couple small group architects, Alan Danielson and Ben Reed posted some intriguing comments, which inspired another blog post. Basically, Alan said that if Jesus’ group met in America today, they’d meet in a variety of places outside church buildings and homes. Ben responded that homes would be a …

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SG Models/Structure     Small Group Leaders

Rethinking Our Small Group Model


What is “authentic biblical community”? It’s within the environment of authentic biblical community that disciples are made and we live out our faith. But what does that look like for us today? Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about what a model for discipleship should look like today, and truthfully, I have more questions than answers. I began writing about …

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Discipling     Facilitating Discussion

Top 10 Ways to Take Your Small Group Deeper!


Subgroup into smaller groups of 2-4 for deeper sharing during application or prayer. Divide the sexes. Split up the men and women for portions of the study of for prayer and accountability. Meet between meetings. Guys or gals go out to breakfast or lunch together during the week. Get accountable. Ask some tough questions and expect people to share what’s …

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Discipling     External-Focus     SG Models/Structure

What if Everything We’ve Always Believed About Small Groups Was Wrong?


What if everything we’ve always believed about small groups was wrong? What if we have it all backwards? What if the model for discipleship is actually something other than sitting in a circle, answering an icebreaker, studying the Bible (hook, book, look, and took) or watching a DVD, and taking prayer requests? What if we were to go and make …

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Spiritual Life

Christians and Religious Knowledge


Have you seen the news lately about a Pew Forum survey on religious knowledge? Apparently Christians did not fare well. I took the survey online this morning and scored 80%. (Hey, it was really early, before my first cup of coffee.) Christian haters on the Internet and TV are using this as a “gotcha.” Some Christians are doing the same, …

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Spiritual Life

As for me …


Today as I was reading Micah 7, I stopped at verse 7: “As for me, I look to the Lord for his help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” “As for me…” This phrase appears 54 times in the Bible (NIV), often as a comparison of a godly person’s response to …

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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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

O God … or Yea God?


Your attitude as a leader is a vital to the health of your small group. That’s why your daily time with God is so important. It’s the starting point for leading from the heart. It’s way too easy for a leader to fall into an “O, God …” attitude. O, God, these people aren’t really growing. O, God, why are …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Don’t Point Fingers, Leader


Did you know that as a spiritual leader, God will hold you accountable for the spiritual condition of the people you lead? You are a steward of the leadership responsibilities and the people He has entrusted to you (1 Peter 5:2, 3) and you and I will someday give an account to Him (Matthew 25:19; see vv. 14-30 for the …

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