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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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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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Small Group Leaders

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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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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Small Group Leaders

How Your Small Group Can (Must) Partner with God


“God’s work is accomplished by a combination of human and divine effort, said one of my seminary professors, Dr. Joe Ellis. “We cannot do it without Him; He has ordained not to do it without us. We depend on each other.”¹ I love this quote. I’m amazed by the reality that we actually get to partner with God in his …

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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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Discipling     External-Focus

When Our Definition of Discipleship Keeps Us from Making Disciples


When Our Definition of Discipleship Keeps Us from Making Disciples

The church has redefined discipleship into churchmanship. Living as a disciple takes intentional effort and, according to Jesus, requires us to make costly decisions. It means more than just sitting in a row in a church building or in a circle at a coffee shop or in someone’s living room. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul repeated the same message three times …

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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 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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