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The Final 4 Vital Characteristics of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader


In my previous post, I shared the first 4 characteristics of a life-changing leader. Read that post first. While those are the most fundamental, the next 4 are no less vital: 5. Healthy small group leaders are friends with non-Christ-followers Small group leaders may or may not have the spiritual gift of evangelism, but they do intentionally seek out friendships …

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The First 4 Vital Characteristics of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader


One of the fundamental differences between healthy and unhealthy small groups is the spiritual vitality of the leaders. While imperfect, healthy leaders have a soft heart that God can use to accomplish his will. They are highly committed first to God, and then to the group. Healthy leaders have at least eight attributes. Today I’ll share the first four: 1. …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #5 – Go with the Flow


Boat

One of my favorite topics to speak on is the principle of overflow. In my training, I use a pitcher to represent God and everything that he wants to pour into us and a glass to represent our lives. I use this illustration to show that God does not simply fill our lives to the full (John 10:10), he fills …

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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 …

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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 …

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5 Minute Daily Devotions for Leaders … C’mon Man!


I am reposting some of most-read posts from the past as I speak at the Cell-Church Conference in Brazil. Tomorrow, I begin teaching in Águas de Lindoia, which is in the south of Brazil, about a two and a half hour car drive from Sao Pãulo.. Please continue to pray for me and those I’ll be speaking to!  The following post …

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Silencing the Monkeys in the Banana Tree


I came across a quote in an article by Henri Nouwen recently that made me laugh and then made me think: Your inner life is like a banana tree filled with monkeys jumping up and down.* This is hilarious … and true … and sad. I’m so distracted with so much. Even as I write this, I have Monday Night …

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The Counter-Intuitive Cure for Leader Stress and Burnout


I am finishing up preparation for my trip to Brazil next week, speaking a total of 10 times at a Cell-Church Conference there. Because I’ll be away from home for about 12 days, I am also working on four writing assignments that are due by the end of the month but must be done this week. Yes, I feel the …

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Five Straightforward Steps for Making God’s Word a Daily Part of Your Life


I have been writing about the vitality of God’s Word for leaders, whether you lead a small group, a ministry, a church, a business, a family, or yourself. Yesterday I wrote about my love for God’s Word. Like the writer of Psalm 119, I desire to seek God with all my heart (v. 10). Like most humans, I struggle with …

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A Christian Leader’s Confession: I Love God’s Word!


I love God’s Word.  To some people that might sound weird. A little fanatical. Some may even say my love is misplaced: it’s OK to enjoy reading the Bible,but you should reserve your love for God, right? The Bible is more than just a book to read. It’s different than Tom Sawyer or Atlas Shrugged or Twilight. The Bible is more than just …

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