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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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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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Small Group Lessons from Chick-fil-A: Focus on Better Before Bigger … and 4 Big Payoffs


“If we get better, our customers will demand we get bigger.”   -S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A Back in the 1980s, when Boston Chicken, which later changed its name to Boston Market, was raising capital to expand, Chick-fil-A management discussed how they could compete and also grow bigger. Finally, it’s reported, Cathy pounded the table and said, “I am …

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You Have Been Elected!


The day after the election, I’m reflecting on bigger picture values. I turned off the news programs in which so-called experts are discussing all the nitty-gritty details of why this person won and that one lost and what all that means. Like many people I got caught up in a lot of the hype and drama of this electoral campaign. …

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Facilitating Discussion

Top 10 Ways to Stifle Discussion in Your Small Group


As you lead your small group, use these 10 simple tips for suppressing  sharing from members: Infuse words like regeneration, justification, and eschatology into the discussion as much as possible. Interject names such as Polycarp, Bonhoeffer and, yes, even Warren and Lucado. Be serious all the time. Since you are studying God’s Holy Word, there is no time for fun or frivolity!  Don’t allow people …

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Spiritual Life

What Do You Do When Life Sucks?


What do you do when life sucks? What do you do when it seems everyone and everything is against you? What do you do when your marriage isn’t what you want it to be or you are struggling with your kids? What do you do when your pile of bills is way bigger than you can pay? What do you …

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Small Group Leaders

Why Jesus Isn’t Showing Up at Your Small Group Meetings


The most important member of your small group has not showed up for months. Others are attending. You’re studying the Bible. You’re having good enough discussions. You’re ending your meeting in prayer. What’s missing? Jesus is. He hasn’t been invited lately. I know, I know. In my last blog post, I said there’s no sense in inviting Jesus to your …

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Facilitating Discussion

The Incredible Opportunity of “I Don’t Know”


The editor at SmallGroups.com recently posted on Facebook, “Get comfortable with these three words: ‘I don’t know.’ You don’t need to know all the answers, but offer to find out.” I agree with that good advice, but I’d take it one step further to help your group really grow. (This is a great discipleship opportunity for you!) Rather than saying “I …

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Spiritual Life

Larry the Cable Guy, Nike, Frank Sinatra, Burger King, and How We Think


Today: Proverbs 19    “Get ‘er done!” – Larry the Cable Guy “Just do it.” – Nike advertising slogan “I did it my way.” – Frank Sinatra “Have it your way.” – Burger King    These are the ways our culture teaches us to live. They say …      You da man!      You are the master of your own …

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Small Group Leaders

Are You Making Plans and Setting Goals? Should You?


Today: Proverbs 16 Right now, many small groups are making plans for the fall season. So are families as their kids are going back to school. One of the vital signs of a healthy small group is that it proactively sets goals and makes plans. But is it right to make your own plans and set your own goals?  There …

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