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Get Out of the Way


Years ago, as a new Christian, I was thrust into ministry quickly. At the time I didn’t understand surrender, so I tried to lead by my own power. I learned very quickly about God’s power being made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). I got really good at making God’s power perfect! He used me even though I had …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Life in all its fullness


Life to the full, the abundant life, more and better life than you’ve ever dreamed of, everything you need. These are the ways different Bible versions say the same thing. You cannot lead a small group to experience the fullness of God’s love and grace unless you are experiencing it yourself. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus presents three ways to respond …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Appointed, Not Recruited


Leading a small group (or anything else in the church) comes out of an assignment or appointment from God. This is critical and foundational to Christian leadership. When someone recruits you to a job that you are not called to, it’s easy to throw in the towel when the going gets tough. Are you a small group leader because someone …

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Small Group Leaders     Training SG Leaders

Today Is the Last Day!


Big Discounts for Small Group Leaders

I just sent a quick email to our list of Small Group Leadership email subscribers, letting them know our special discounts on purchases of World’s Greatest Small Group end today, August 31, 2017, and immediately, a small group ministry director at a church emailed me: “Boy, the summer has flown by. Thank you for reminding everyone to take advantage of …

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Small Group Leaders     Training SG Leaders

What is a small group leader?


Let’s make sure we’re on the same page right from the beginning. Perhaps it will help to start by looking at some potential small group leaders to show what a small group leader is not. Hannah Hostess: A true small group leader is (or is becoming) more than a host or hostess who opens up his or her home to …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Five Benefits from World’s Greatest Small Group


Janet Branham, director of small groups at Ward Church (Northville, Michigan), recently wrote to tell us how using World’s Greatest Small Group (WGSG) as a training tool for her small group leaders has benefited everyone involved: “I wanted to do something to encourage my leaders; I thought this might be some good summer reading for [them]. I also like the …

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BIG Discounts for SMALL Group Leaders


Big Discounts for Small Group Leaders

Between now and August 31, you can take advantage of discount prices when you purchase World’s Greatest Small Group for your small group leaders. 25% off when you buy 1-19 copies. 40% off when you buy 20+ copies. Go here for more details. Michael Keaton – Small Groups Pastor, Crossroads Church, Newnan, Georgia – is using World’s Greatest Small Group …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Michael Mack Named Christian Standard Editor: What Does This Mean for Small Group Leadership?


New Role as Christian Standard Editor: What It Means to Small Group Leadership

In April I was named editor of Christian Standard magazine. (Read announcement here.) I am honored and humbled to be the 12th editor of this 151-year-old Christian-leadership journal. The July issue, the first for which I’m responsible, has been completely redesigned and repurposed, and it’s arriving in mailboxes of our subscribers today. We also uploaded it to our app yesterday. …

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Ministry Leaders

Review: Youth in Cell Ministry: Discipling the Next Generation Now, by Joel Comiskey


I recently reviewed Joel Comiskey’s book, Youth in Cell Ministry: Disciplining the Next Generation Now, on Amazon. Here’s the review: When I teach my “Small Group Ministry & Discipling” Class at Cincinnati Christian University, I often have students who are in or going into youth/student ministry. They are often looking for how they can utilize groups or use them better …

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A Great Small Group Is … (It may not be what you think)


A Great Small Group Is

Today I want to show you a way of small group life that is best of all. A great small group is patient and kind with one another. The members of a great small group are not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. In a great small group, people do not demand their own way.They seek God’s way. They …

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