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Small Group Fireplaces Series: #2 – Leaders Pray


Small groups have no more chance of initiating revival or transforming people’s lives than an empty fireplace has of starting a fire. Your small group should be a fireplace–an environment where God will do what only he can do in changing people’s lives. But you are not the fire, or even a match. I began this blog series by describing …

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Ministry Leaders

What Our Church Learned by Surveying the Health of Our Groups


“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”   — Proverbs 27:23 “Several years ago, our senior pastor asked me a simple question: ‘Are our small groups healthy?’ I could tell him all the reasons why I thought they were healthy. I could tell a few stories. I could talk about what I had …

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Small Group Leaders

Seven Steps to Share the Leadership of Your Group


I’ve written in other posts about the Vital Sign of Sharing Leadership with a Core Team of two or three others. Today let’s talk about HOW you can move from leading solo to team-leading the group. Here are seven steps you can take. 1. Share the load. Ask God to show you whom you should ask to be part of the core team …

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Small Group Leaders

The Sweet 16 of Authentic Small Group Community


These 16 commands for living in healthy, authentic community will help your small group change the world. Talk about one shining moment! Love one another. Be at peace with each other.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Live in harmony with one another.  Stop passing judgment on one another.  Accept one another, … …

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Small Group Leaders

How to Deal with the Person NO ONE Wants in their Group


In a small group discussion forum on SmallGroupChurches.com, Tim asked the following question:  The person who has attended your church since the flood, is a little “off” (possibly has a mental disability but nobody knows for sure), and effectively signs up for every group. Upon arriving at the “new” small group, with the unsuspecting rookie leader, they begin to take over the …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

How to Build a Group of Real Friends: Throw Away the Signup Sheets!


The healthiest small groups can be described as groups of real friends…friends who accept one another where they are, friends who are there for one another no matter what, no matter what time of day or night, friends who speak the truth in love and help one another grow in their relationships with God. But how do you as a small …

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Facilitating Discussion

“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership


Last week while leading a small group conference session on “Building Real Community” I mentioned the 80/20 rule. That is, in a healthy small group, the group should do about 80 percent of the talking while the leader should talk only about 20 percent of the time (and much of that 20 percent should be in the form of questions). …

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Small Group Leaders

What a Healthy Small Group is NOT


x  A CLUB. A healthy small group exists to make disciples and experience the abundant life “      together. Different groups find varied ways of doing that. x  A CLIQUE. Healthy small groups are always open to newcomers. x  An ORGANIZATION. A healthy small group is a living organism. It is the body of Christ. x  ONE DAY A WEEK. A healthy …

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Ministry Leaders

10 Tough Discipleship Questions Facing Every Small Group Minister


Yesterday, Rick Howerton posted what he believes are the “10 Discipleship Confusions Invading the Small Group World.” Rick and I think a lot alike, and I believe he “nailed it” with his characterization of many of the current trends in small groups ministry. Here’s my own summary of Rick’s post, and I’m talking particularly to church leaders and small group …

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Small Group Leaders

16 Small Group Roles: How to Share Ownership and Grow


One of the best ways to make your small group more healthy and exciting is to share ownership with everyone.  Sharing ownership impacts your group in the following ways: (1) more consistency of attendance and participation, (2) more involvement in the discipleship process, (3) opportunities to recognize and utilize our own spiritual gifts and talents, (4) more opportunity to be …

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