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Ministry Leaders

From Brick & Mortar to House Church—The Why


Randall Neighbour

GUEST POST by Randall Neighbour, randallneighbour.com. Randall Neighbour is more than just another group-life guru to me. He’s a friend whom I’ve partnered with in many ways. He and the organization he leads, TOUCH Outreach Ministries, has published five of my books. Back in the day, Randall asked me to lead training seminars in churches through the ministry. Randall constantly …

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Spiritual Life

Kim Davis: What Would Jesus Do?


Clerk Kim Davis

Like you, I’m reading and listening to people who don’t understand why a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs. This is a clash of worldviews. Some see their religious liberties being violated. Some see their rights, as upheld by the Supreme Court, being violated. Some see this as …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

10 Can’t-Miss Principles for Finding the WRONG Leaders


Help Wanted

Through my assessment of small groups as well as my experience leading groups and coaching other leaders, I’ve observed a direct correlation between leaders who hog leadership and groups that do not grow or multiply. Leaders who lead healthy, growing groups share leadership with two to three others … but not just any two or three others. I’ve seen leaders …

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UPDATE: You Can’t Teach an Old Blog New Tricks


Bike

A quick update today. I’ve launched a new blog, called “Life’s Highs & Lows: Living Life to the Fullest Despite the Circumstances.” Those circumstances include living with type-1 diabetes, which I’ve been doing since 1971, but the blog will include more than that. While the blog you are reading right now will continue to tackle issues dealing with small groups, discipleship, …

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Small Group Leaders

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

7 Grace-Filled Principles for Building Commitment to Spiritual Practices (Commitment and Small Groups Series #13)


Hands

In yesterday’s post, I discussed what you as a leader can do when group members resist making a commitment to grow spiritually. How can you help them grow, and, even first, want to grow, without pushing them, judging them, or being legalistic about it? How can you shepherd them, leading them to the places where they can best drink of the Living …

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Small Group Leaders

What Do You Do When a Group Member Resists Spiritual Growth? (Commitment and Small Group Series #12)


No

What do you do as a leader when you want to see your group members grow and yet they seem reluctant, resistant, or even rancorous toward making a commitment to grow spiritually? I remember a conversation I had with Bob, a small group leader at our church. Bob has a very intimate relationship with Christ that exudes from him. He …

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Ministry Leaders

Why Many American Small Groups (and Churches) Fail to Reproduce (Commitment and Small Groups Series #11)


No Small Group Reproduction

Why don’t very many small groups in America reproduce themselves? I’ll mention three main reasons, and discuss the third in a bit more detail today. One reason I’ve mentioned often is that many groups simply are not healthy. Healthy things grow, produce fruit, and multiply. Unhealthy things don’t. In my ministry, I’ve prodded, rewarded, celebrated, shamed, urged, and manipulated, but none …

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