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Spiritual Life

Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?


“Blood is thicker than water.” I’ve given that proverb a lot of thought for a long time. The saying goes back hundreds of years and means that the bonds of family are stronger than those between friends. I know plenty of people (those who have messy relationships with their families of origin) who would argue with that opinion at even …

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Small Group Leaders

5 Ships Every Small Group Needs


A healthy small group needs 5 ships to carry out its mission: Fellowship: This one’s the flagship. A group needs authentic Christ-centered community to be healthy. But how do you get there? The other 4 ships flank and reinforce the flagship.. Ownership: Share ownership of the group by making sure every member of the crew has a role in the group. …

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Small Group Leaders

Do We Belong to Each Other?


As the body of Christ, we belong to each other (Romans 12:5). How do we truly live this out in our small groups? Do we really act like we belong to each other, or do we act as if we belong to ourselves? In an individualistic, me-centered culture in which many look at their church and small groups with a …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Trophies, Cheerleading, Enoch, and Leading a Healthy Small Group


What do you want to be known for? What would you want people to say about you after you die? At different stages of my life I would have responded to that question differently. As a kid growing up in Cincinnati, I wanted to be known as a great athlete, like Pete Rose or Oscar Robertson. My athletic career was …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Leader’s Heart: 2nd Sign of a Healthy Group


The most vital mark of kingdom leadership is a leader’s relationship with God. And that’s the second sign of a healthy small group: a healthy growing leader. The apostle Paul prayed for his Ephesian friends that “Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the …

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I’m Not the Leader: 1st Sign of a Healthy Group – Part 2


I am not the leader of our small group. I’m not trying to get out of anything. I’m not passing the buck. It’s just that a group can only have one real leader, and I’m not it. In my last blog, I wrote about the importance of a small group being “Christ-centered.” What’s even more important is that the leadership …

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Seven Signs of a Healthy Ecosystem in Your Group


Question #1: Is your group healthy? A healthy group is a group that will naturally grow, develop, bear fruit, and reproduce. Question #2: How do you know if your group is healthy or not? Last spring I wanted to answer the second question so I could help our groups answer the first one. So I thought and prayed and asked …

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Is Your Small Group Ecosystem Healthy?


The other day I was listening to a sermon by Chip Ingram in which he compared authentic community to an “ecosystem” (a link to the MP3 can be found at the bottom of this blog entry). I like this comparison. For years I’ve taught that authentic Christian community is the “environment” or “culture” where people grow best. I used to …

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