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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Where Do You Go When You Have Lots of Small Group Questions?


Amy K Jackson

It was about this time 20 years ago—the fall of 1995—that I started a new ministry from my basement in Cincinnati, Ohio. For a couple of years I had considered developing a national magazine for small group leaders, and I even had an offer from the preeminent small group ministry of that time to publish it—in due time. As I …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #1: Community Is a Way of Life for Brazilians


Brazil Conference

In March, my son Dru and I traveled to Brazil where I had the privilege of training cell-church pastors, coaches, and leaders at two conferences. The first three days I led five sessions in Manaus, which is in the north of Brazil. Then we traveled to the south to the beautiful resort town of Aguas de Lindoia, where I led …

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SG Movement/History

Ralph W. Neighbour: What We Can Learn from this Pioneer in the Groups Movement


Ralph Neighbour

+Ralph Neighbour is one of the pioneers of the groups movement in the U.S. I believe we can learn much from men and women like him who paved the way for us. Dr. Neighbour has a heart not only for healthy, holistic, Christ-centered groups, but for the church and God’s kingdom. And out of this passion he challenges and encourages us …

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Ministry Leaders

2013’s Most Influential Small Group Influencers


Small Group Influences

Well … maybe these are just my favorite influencers–the ones I like to read (books, articles, blogs) and hear speak. I’m sure I’m leaving several very influential people off this list. I apologize–I mean no disrespect. I’m including places you can contact them so you can follow them too. So, in alphabetical order . . . Scott Boren @mscottboren; http://mscottboren.com Joel Comiskey @sovereigntyGod; …

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SG Movement/History

Where Is the Small Group Movement Today?


Stages of Social Movements

Lately I have been studying the beginnings of the small group movement in order to better understand what we can learn today. Last week I spoke to +Ralph Neighbour, and he gave me some incredible insights. Movements typically develop over time in three (or up to about eight, depending on what sociologist you read) levels: LEVEL 1: Emergence. This is …

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SG Movement/History

The Beginnings of Small Groups.com


I was sitting in a small groups seminar in 1993, mesmerized by Lyman Coleman as he stood by his overhead projector, training leaders as nobody else could. This is good stuff, I thought, but what will these folks do when they get back to their churches? What will they do two or three years from now when they run into …

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SG Movement/History

Lyman’s Legacy


LC Cover

I wrote yesterday about Lyman Coleman and his thoughts on small groups as an assimilation strategy for the church. Today, I want to share some more personal thoughts about Lyman. I first met Lyman Coleman in 1992 when I wrote a feature article about him for The Lookout magazine (right). I had called Serendipity House, the ministry he founded, to …

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External-Focus     SG Movement/History

Lyman Coleman: Small Groups Are Much More Than an Assimilation Strategy


Lyman and Mike

I spent a day with Lyman Colemen recently and talked about small groups ministry over the last 60-some years. Lyman founded Serendipity House and for more than 30 years, he spoke at church conferences across America. At that time, he was the voice of the American small group movement. Mike and Lyman Coleman, August 2013 Lyman Coleman leading a Small …

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SG Models/Structure     Small Group Leaders

Rethinking Our Small Group Model


What is “authentic biblical community”? It’s within the environment of authentic biblical community that disciples are made and we live out our faith. But what does that look like for us today? Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about what a model for discipleship should look like today, and truthfully, I have more questions than answers. I began writing about …

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