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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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Training SG Leaders

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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Training SG Leaders

Why a Small Group Director / Minister Brings in an “Expert” Trainer


GUEST BLOG by Kathy Stahlhut,  Director of Small Groups at Greenwood (Indiana) Christian Church. _______   At Greenwood Christian, we are constantly striving to improve our small group leader training. We know that with good coaching, leaders function at their highest capacity. As directors or ministers of small groups, we can only do so much. For a boost, at least …

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Training SG Leaders

Question-Able Training: Six Tips for Training Small Group Leaders (or Anyone Else)


When training leaders, use the teachable moment when they are primed to learn. Students signal their readiness to learn with increased eye contact, alert body language, and – most importantly – with questions. Here are six tips for encouraging a questioning attitude in a training meeting. Model a questioning attitude. At the beginning of a training meeting, ask leaders specific …

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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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External-Focus     Training SG Leaders

Do small groups divide the church?


Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I’m not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (here), and Debra commented,  Small groups often divide the church into cliques. The group forms, bonds, and no new people stand a chance …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Training SG Leaders

Revive Refocus Retreat Review


Our Revive Refocus Retreat for Leaders yesterday was powerful. Our prayer team spent months praying for and planning this day and they did a great job leading it. Our numbers were lower than we had hoped for, but it wasn’t about numbers anyway. It was about what God would do when we made ourselves available to Him to work and …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Training SG Leaders

Revive Refocus Retreat


Tomorrow is our “Revive Refocus Retreat” which we’ve been planning for several months. This retreat is for leaders to grow and experience God more deeply through prayer. The reason for this retreat is simple: the best. most fruitful, life-changing groups are led by healthy leaders who have a strong, growing relationship with God. But let’s face it, leaders are usually …

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