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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #3 – Burnout Is Universal


Robert Lay

Robert Lay, holding up my book, The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership, translated into Portuguese Brazilian leaders deal with burnout. When I was first asked to speak on the topic of leader burnout in Brazil, I was surprised. Because of all the wonderful things I’ve heard about the Brazilian church, cells, and the people, not to mention the …

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Small Group Leaders

The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #2: Community Is Not All It Should Be (even in Brazil)


Brazil Conference

It’s been a couple weeks since returning from my trip to Brazil, training cell pastors and leaders at two conferences. Yesterday, I shared the first of some of my discoveries from my trip: Community Is a Way of Life in Brazil, and because of that cells fit into that culture. While I believe that’s true, I also noticed that the …

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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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

5 Minute Daily Devotions for Leaders … C’mon Man!


Alone with God

I am reposting some of most-read posts from the past as I speak at the Cell-Church Conference in Brazil. Tomorrow, I begin teaching in Águas de Lindoia, which is in the south of Brazil, about a two and a half hour car drive from Sao Pãulo.. Please continue to pray for me and those I’ll be speaking to!  The following post …

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Healthy Small Group Leaders Are Friends


Healthy Small Group Leaders Are Friends

The Best Small Group Leader Ever called his group members friends. But perhaps that word meant more to him and them than it usually means to you and me. “Greater love has no one than this,” Jesus said, “that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Real friendship is sacrificial. A healthy group is a group of …

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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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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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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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The Missing Ingredient in American Churches and Groups (Commitment and Small Groups Series #9)


Missing Ingredient

“If you make disciples, you will always get the church. But if you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples.” -Mike Breen, “Why the Missional Movement Will Fail” Breen makes some great points in his post I reference above. Definitely worth a read. I can see church leaders all over the country discussing this in staff meetings. …

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Committed to WHAT? 3 Commitments of a Healthy, Life-Changing Small Group (Commitment and Small Groups Series #5)


Discipleship

If you could ask Jesus’ original disciples to describe discipleship, they would talk about someone who was totally committed to a particular rabbi. Usually, disciples literally lived with their rabbi and followed him everywhere he went. Communal living was absolutely necessary for living as a true disciple. Teaching happened more by example than by words as you lived with the …

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