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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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Commitment and Small Groups #3: How can you help small group members become committed to the small group?


How can you help small group members become committed to the small group? That’s the question Blake Atwood of Faith Village recently asked me. Here’s my response. What do you think of this? What questions or issues do you find still unanswered after hearing this? 

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Commitment and Small Groups #2: Relearning our New Testament Calling


Commitment

Look at the following statements from the New Testament about how we should live in community with one another: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” …

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Commitment and Small Groups: You Can’t Have One without the Other


Tattoo's Spencer

I’m starting a new blog series today about commitment and small groups, which is kind of ironic, in a way, because this is my first post of 2014. I’ll try to do better … I promise. What does it mean for a small group to be committed? I’ll address different levels and kinds of commitment in this series. Here are …

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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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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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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 Fireplaces #5: Prayer Produces Growth


Provide the right environment, and growth happens. For my four children–all now teens and young adults–growth is natural. As long as their mom and I provided the right conditions–good nutrition, a safe environment, opportunities for exercise, as well as schooling, spiritual disciplines, the power of example, and so forth–we knew growth would be automatic. Lack of growth would have meant …

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Small Group Fireplaces: #4 – Group Members Pray for One Another


When you add another log to the fire, you know what happens. It is soon ablaze itself and it eventually helps keep the other logs burning as well. But the log must be touching the other logs. Set a fresh log outside the fireplace and not much happens. This is what we love about community: We fire each other up. …

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Small Group Fireplaces Series: #3 – Groups Pray


When groups pray together, it’s like adding logs to the fire. This is part three of a blog series I’m calling “Small Group Fireplaces.” In Part One, I stated that small groups can be the fireplace, or the environment, where revival and transformation can occur, but it’s not the fire, or even the match. In Part Two, I began describing …

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