Home Tag Archives: small groups (page 4)

Tag Archives: small groups

Ministry Leaders

5 Ways to SERVE Your Leaders Well


Here to Serve

Yesterday I wrote about what leaders really need from us as leaders of leaders. Today, let’s get more practical. What do leaders really need? I developed a simple acrostic to help me and other leaders of leaders remember what is really important. It’s the responsibility of every leader of leaders—whether that’s a pastor, other ministry staff person, or volunteer coach—to …

Continue Reading
One Comment
Ministry Leaders

What Every Small Group Leader Needs from their Small Group Pastor


Leaders

I’ve made it a regular, ongoing practice in my ministry to ask the leaders under my care, “What do you need? How can we help you most in your ministry?” If I were to sum up their typical response in one line, it would sound something like an old Carpenter’s song: “What a leader needs now … is love, sweet …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Uncategorized

UPDATE: You Can’t Teach an Old Blog New Tricks


Bike

A quick update today. I’ve launched a new blog, called “Life’s Highs & Lows: Living Life to the Fullest Despite the Circumstances.” Those circumstances include living with type-1 diabetes, which I’ve been doing since 1971, but the blog will include more than that. While the blog you are reading right now will continue to tackle issues dealing with small groups, discipleship, …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #4 – Keep Trusting God


Jesus in Aguas de Lindoia

When life is safe and comfortable, there is no real need to trust God. That’s as true for your small group, your church, and your family as it is for you personally. It’s when you step out of your comfort zone, count the costs, surrender your own preferences, and obey God no matter what that you will most need to …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #3 – Burnout Is Universal


Robert Lay

Robert Lay, holding up my book, The Pocket Guide to Burnout-Free Small Group Leadership, translated into Portuguese Brazilian leaders deal with burnout. When I was first asked to speak on the topic of leader burnout in Brazil, I was surprised. Because of all the wonderful things I’ve heard about the Brazilian church, cells, and the people, not to mention the …

Continue Reading
No Comments
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 …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Brazilian Community: What We in the US Can Learn


My son Dru and I arrived in Manaus, Brazil yesterday and today we have been able to get out around the city a little. This is a beautiful place and very warm, friendly people. I’ve been told by many before I came that Brazilians naturally know how to do authentic community, and I’m seeing the evidence of that all around …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Small Group Leaders

10 Stupid Things That Are Keeping Your Small Group from Growing


10 Stupid Things that Keep Small Groups from Growing

Geoff Surratt, director of Exponential, wrote a book titled Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing. Great title, so I, ummm, borrowed it. Here are what I believe are the top 10 stupid things that prevent groups from growing or doing anything truly worthwhile. Consuming. Groups who focus all their attention on themselves grow … fat. But they don’t grow …

Continue Reading
2 Comments
Small Group Leaders

The Fool’s Gold of Group Discipleship: 6 Small Group Elements Easily Mistaken for the Real Thing


Gold

All that glitters is not discipleship. Christ-Centered, Holy-Spirit Empowered, Authentic, Missional Small Groups that Share Leadership are the environment where discipleship happens best, but I’ve witnessed far too often that many groups focus on the wrong wins. These are all fools gold: Good Meetings. If folks leave saying, “Great meeting!” they may have missed the point. A great meeting does …

Continue Reading
No Comments
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 …

Continue Reading
No Comments
Page 4 of 12First...23456 10...Last

CLICK HERE to get your print or Kindle copy(ies) or for more information!

Join our mailing list. Never miss new content!

Download the Introduction and Chapter 1 of Worlds Greatest Small Group.

Don't worry we don't spam

Recent Tweets

Archives

Post Authors