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Small Group Leaders

How and When to Launch a Small Group: The Role of the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Laundry Rooms, Swimming Pools, and Game Nights


Right after Heidi and I got married, we moved into a forty-unit apartment building. We wanted to start a small group to reach out to the people who lived there who did not have a relationship with God, but we had no idea how to start one. So I asked Glen, a minister at the church we attended, how we …

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Spiritual Life

When Your Picture of Your Daddy Has Been Twisted – Cinda’s Story


I first met Cinda (not her real name) in the apartment building laundry room. I learned quickly that she lived with her boyfriend, Nick, and was taking classes at the University of Cincinnati. My wife, Heidi, and I got to know Cinda and Nick over the next couple years, hanging out with them at the apartment-building pool, playing cards, and …

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Discipling     External-Focus

When Our Definition of Discipleship Keeps Us from Making Disciples


When Our Definition of Discipleship Keeps Us from Making Disciples

The church has redefined discipleship into churchmanship. Living as a disciple takes intentional effort and, according to Jesus, requires us to make costly decisions. It means more than just sitting in a row in a church building or in a circle at a coffee shop or in someone’s living room. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul repeated the same message three times …

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Small Group Leaders

Is Your Small Group Dead or Alive?


Some small groups are, in essence, dead. Many groups died some time ago, but no one realized it. There was never a funeral. No mourning. No burial. The people involved just kept showing up at meetings as if the group was still alive, but all that existed, in reality, was a cold, stiff corpse. These groups meet weekly; they do …

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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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External-Focus

Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions


My friend Ben Reed, a fellow small group pastor (Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee), writer, and the Small Groups Network marketing director, sent me an email earlier today that contains a letter from Rick Warren to his church staff at Saddleback Church and an interview Warren did in response to some misinformation about him and Saddleback. I thought it …

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External-Focus     Training SG Leaders

Do small groups divide the church?


Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I’m not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (here), and Debra commented,  Small groups often divide the church into cliques. The group forms, bonds, and no new people stand a chance …

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External-Focus

Healthy small group leaders are friends with non-Christ-followers


The attributes for healthy small group leaders includes many things. One that is not usually on the list but that I believe is vital is that they intentionally build and invest into friendships with folks who do not yet have a relationship with Christ. Small group leaders may or may not have the spiritual gift of evangelism, but they do …

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Discipling     Leader's Heart-Overflow

Solitude Before Community


“Why is it so important that solitude come before community? If we do not know we are the beloved sons and daughters of God, we’re going to expect someone in the community to make us feel that way. They cannot.” –Henri Nouwen  I’ve been blogging a short series about our inner life, discipleship, community, and ministry, inspired by Nouwen’s Spring …

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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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