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My Valentine’s Message for Women Only


This post is written to women. (If you are a man, you can stop reading now.) It’s Valentine’s Day, after all, so I want to share what’s on my heart today with all the women God has so graciously put in my world. I’m writing this with the #1 woman in my life, Heidi Mack, in mind, of course. And …

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Small Group Leaders

Commitment and Small Groups #3: How can you help small group members become committed to the small group?


How can you help small group members become committed to the small group? That’s the question Blake Atwood of Faith Village recently asked me. Here’s my response. What do you think of this? What questions or issues do you find still unanswered after hearing this? 

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Small Group Leaders

Commitment and Small Groups #2: Relearning our New Testament Calling


Look at the following statements from the New Testament about how we should live in community with one another: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” …

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Small Group Leaders

Commitment and Small Groups: You Can’t Have One without the Other


I’m starting a new blog series today about commitment and small groups, which is kind of ironic, in a way, because this is my first post of 2014. I’ll try to do better … I promise. What does it mean for a small group to be committed? I’ll address different levels and kinds of commitment in this series. Here are …

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Ministry Leaders

2013’s Most Influential Small Group Influencers


Well … maybe these are just my favorite influencers–the ones I like to read (books, articles, blogs) and hear speak. I’m sure I’m leaving several very influential people off this list. I apologize–I mean no disrespect. I’m including places you can contact them so you can follow them too. So, in alphabetical order . . . Scott Boren @mscottboren; http://mscottboren.com Joel Comiskey @sovereigntyGod; …

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Ministry Leaders

REVIEW: Starting Small by Ben Reed … Just Added This to My Top 3!


Starting Small

I just counted them … 90. In my office I have 90 books written about leading small groups. Make that 91. I just read Ben Reed’s new book on how to put together a small group system in your church. It’s titled, Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint. Now why would Ben, or anyone else for that matter, write …

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Curriculum

REVIEW: Let Hope In by Pete Wilson


Let Hope In

Hope. Someone—perhaps everyone—in your small group needs it, especially now. When I watch the news each day, I see tons of people who need it. When I talk to the men in my small group, each one needs it for different reasons. When I look at our family’s finances, health and health insurance, kids growing up into adults, family members …

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Curriculum

REVIEW: Running with God, by Liz Linssen


Every once in a while as I edit a book, it takes longer than expected, not because the writing is bad but because the content is so good that I get distracted from my job. Running with God was such a book for me. I enjoy trying to stay healthy and physically fit. I’m not much of a runner anymore; I …

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Small Group Leaders

Seven Ways Your Small Group Can Celebrate the Incarnation This Holiday Season


What is your small group doing over the holidays? “Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group,” I wrote in my November column in The Christian Standard magazine. “Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow in …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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