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Transcendence in Healthy Groups


One key to a healthy small group has to do with transcendence–an understanding that some things in life are bigger than yourself, like God, values, an organization’s mission, policies, the community, etc. This transcendence affects a small group in at least two ways: First, the leader and the whole group must realize that what is truly transcendent in the group …

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Facilitating Discussion

Jim Lehrer on How to Lead a Small Group Discussion


Jim Lehrer on Facilitating Small Group Discussion

One day as I was listening to The Dennis Miller Radio Show, the aforementioned Mr. Miller was interviewing Jim Lehrer about what it takes to moderate a political debate. Here are two simple techniques that we as small group leaders can learn from Lehrer. The focus is on the participants, not the moderator. Some moderators are better than others at this. …

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Small Group Leaders

It’s Really Not About Burnout!


Last night during our small group meeting, Chris mentioned that we should bring all the kids up from the basement and, as parents, pray with and over them. After the kids came into the living room, sitting on parent’s laps and on the floor in front of us, Chris glanced over at me. I just nodded at him, and he …

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Training SG Leaders

Responsibilities, Resources, and Reasons in Small Group Ministry


Where is the bar set for our small group leaders? At Northeast, I’m always looking for unschooled, ordinary people who have been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). The expectations bar is very low in regards to their current knowledge and skills, but it is higher in regards to their heart for Jesus. I’m praying and looking for leaders after God’s own …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

What Leaders Can Learn from Mountain Bikers Part 2: Keep Your Eyes on the Trail!


What do mountain bikers, George of the Jungle, and leaders have in common? In my last post on February 9, I wrote about how leaders can learn from mountain bikers how to “look down the trail.” Just as important is to keep your eyes on the trail, instead of what’s not on the trail.  Last year on a group ride …

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The Importance of Looking Down the Trail


This morning I read a very good article about mountain biking skills on the International Mountain Bike Magazine web site that is a great illustration for leading a small group. An important skill in mountain biking is to look down the trail, past what’s right in front of you. When you look down the trail a ways, you can identify potential …

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Small Group Leaders

5 Ships Every Small Group Needs


A healthy small group needs 5 ships to carry out its mission: Fellowship: This one’s the flagship. A group needs authentic Christ-centered community to be healthy. But how do you get there? The other 4 ships flank and reinforce the flagship.. Ownership: Share ownership of the group by making sure every member of the crew has a role in the group. …

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Small Group Leaders

Share Ownership, Share Leadership


Share Leadership - Ownership

Like to know one of the biggest secrets to leading a healthy, vibrant, life-changing small group? Last year, our survey of Life Group Leaders showed that groups who shared leadership as a Core Team were much stronger in all the other areas of group health. Having a Core Team is one of the “Seven Signs of a Healthy Small Group”: …

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Small Group Leaders

Do We Belong to Each Other?


As the body of Christ, we belong to each other (Romans 12:5). How do we truly live this out in our small groups? Do we really act like we belong to each other, or do we act as if we belong to ourselves? In an individualistic, me-centered culture in which many look at their church and small groups with a …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Abundant Life Leadership


I closed my last post with this sentence: If you want to lead successfully, Jesus must first lead you! To lead well and bear fruit, you must be connected to the Vine (John 15:5). Another way of illustrating  this is to imagine your life as a glass. As a spiritual leader, your main job is to be in a position …

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