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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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Small Group Leaders

Is Your Small Group Dead or Alive?


Some small groups are, in essence, dead. Many groups died some time ago, but no one realized it. There was never a funeral. No mourning. No burial. The people involved just kept showing up at meetings as if the group was still alive, but all that existed, in reality, was a cold, stiff corpse. These groups meet weekly; they do …

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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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Small Group Leaders

Why Don’t We Worship More in Small Groups?


Worship belongs in small groups, but some groups don’t worship together regularly. Why not? ·       Intellectualism.When knowledge of the Bible is the main objective, God gets crowded out. Agendaitusis the problem. The group simply does not have time in their tight schedule for worship and meaningful prayer. They may have Martha’s Syndrome: they are too busy doing things to sit …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

10 Simple Steps to Improve the Health of Your Group(s)


Healthy groups grow and multiply. Unhealthy groups are a strain on you as a leader and your whole ministry. I wrote Small Group Vital Signsout of my own experience as a small group minister assessing the health of our groups and then implementing a process for developing the health of our groups. This process helped our groups grow spiritually, numerically, …

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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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Discipling     Training SG Leaders

Doctrinal Impurity in Small Groups


Today: Proverbs 14 As a “small groups guy,” people often try to suck me into a debate about doctrinal impurity that may come about in a small group discussion. In a recent discussion on a Facebook forum, one leader said, “Without the right leadership you end up with far too much ‘I think’ or ‘what this means to me’ and …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Ministry Leaders

WANTED: Wise Leadership! Proverbs 11


Today: Proverbs 11  Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety (Proverbs 11:14, NLT).  As we head toward Election Day in the United States, this proverb has never been more vital! Both sides would argue that they are wise leaders and their opponent is not. Their policies are wise and the other candidate’s are unwise. This …

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Spiritual Life

Top 3 Ways to Get Wisdom: Day 8 in Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 8 Solomon gives voice to Wisdom in this chapter. We get to hear what Wisdom would say to us, and mostly it is to seek her. How do we receive Wisdom? First, through God’s Word. It is our primary resource for getting Wisdom; God gave us Scripture so we might gain Wisdom and know how to live the …

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Small Group Leaders

Summer Small Groups: Some’re Here, Some Aren’t


What is your small group doing this summer? Did you know that summer can actually be the BEST time for small groups? It’s a great time to get outside together, serve together, do more socially together, play together, learn some new things together. What’s the key word here? That’s right … together! Here are some ideas: Pull out your calendars now …

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