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Small Group Leaders

5 Surefire Ways to Screw Up a Small Group (Commitment and Small Groups Series #4)


All About Me

1. Make your group all about you. When you first looked for a small group, you may have done so in the same way you shopped for a new car or a new refrigerator. You looked for features you wanted, features like the right people, the right location, the right day or time, and the right kind of study or …

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Small Group Leaders

Seven Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation This Holiday Season


Holiday Gift Pack

What is your small group doing over the holidays? “Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group,” I wrote in my November column in The Christian Standard magazine. “Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow in …

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Ministry Leaders

Top 10 Small Group Ministry Launch Failures


Launch Failure

In my ministry over the years I’ve seen many blunders as churches launch small groups. I’ve made my own share as well. Later, people in the congregation say stuff like, “See, small groups didn’t work here,” but that wasn’t really the case. Here are the ten mistakes I most often see. These can have a devastating effect on any future …

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Ministry Leaders

It’s Not About Small Groups!


Not Small Groups

Recently, I was commenting on a discussion on the Small Group Churches site about why small group ministries sometimes fail in churches. The author of the original post, +Andrew Mason, suggests three very good reasons this happens, but I believe there may be one big overarching reason. I’ve seen many churches start small group “programs” like any other program in …

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Facilitating Discussion

Hanging Out with Fellow Small Group Ministry Practitioners: August 2013


The topic for our August 1 Small Group Ministry Practitioners Hangout was “Training leaders to be shepherds to their little flock.” How do you train them? What do you teach? Great discussion; we all learned a lot from one another. +Jay Daniell, +Josh Hunt, +Emil Kerekes, +Jonathan Jordan, +Adam Workman, +Brandon Boyd, and I participated this month. Here are a few highlights. We started by discussing …

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Small Group Leaders

Reconciliation: the Heart of Small Groups


Do you remember the first time you were invited to a small group? I do. I had visited Centerville Christian Church in Dayton, Ohio, and met a few people my age. (I was 28 and single at the time, and was shopping for a church. I had not yet fully given my life to Christ.) They invited me to their group, …

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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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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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Spiritual Life

God Is Calling You to Something New Today!


We love brand new things,  but most of us settle for the same old thing.  Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! (Psalm 96:1, New Living Translation) Today is a new day.This is the beginning of a new week.Today could be the beginning of a new life. In what same old ruts are …

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Small Group Leaders

What does your small group(s) do over the summer?


I’m writing my monthly Christian Standard small groups column for May, and I have this question. I’d liove to hear your response! What does your small group (or the groups at your church) do over the summer? Any great ideas I could share? Any values in play with this? Any philosophies of ministry/community involved? Please respond by clicking on the …

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