Small Group Leaders

Small Group Worldviews


In Romans 12:2, Paul says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” This verse describes the purpose of small …

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Small Group Leaders

Is Your Group a Romans 12 Group?


If someone asked me to pick one chapter out of the Bible to explain how a small group should operate, I’d pick Romans 12. I’ve decided to go through this chapter and pull out some principles. In verse 1 the apostle Paul begins by telling us to give our whole selves to God. The application for us as leaders is obvious. We …

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Small Group Leaders

Immersed In Relationships


Yesterday was an amazing day, maybe my favorite worship service ever. 112 people responded and came forward to be baptized, most of which were spontaneous decisions. The power of the Holy Spirit was very evident as people lined up to be immersed. Of course there’s a story behind each person’s decision, and I hate to pick one person’s story over …

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Spiritual Life

2010: The Year of More …


I’m glad 2009 is over. It was a very difficult year for me. I won’t go into all the particulars here, but as I look back now, I’d say it was a year of battle. At times during the year I found myself on the front line of an intense spiritual war in my marriage, job, family, finances, and other …

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Spiritual Life

Not Just Another Sentimental Christmas Message


Today I celebrate a most amazing and awesome Event … the Event of all events … the Creator of the universe made himself nothing and took the form of human flesh, a baby, a humble servant, a sacrifice for our sins, so that you and I may not perish but have eternal and abundant life. I’m not celebrating Jesus’ birthday …

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Spiritual Life

Christmas Battle Prayer


I was thinking this morning about a perspective on Christmas I had never really considered before this year. When Jesus was born, it was as if God was sending his Son into the enemy’s territory to do battle–battle for our souls. Peace on earth, goodwill to men will come in time. But now there is a spiritual war taking place, …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Abundant Life Leadership


I closed my last post with this sentence: If you want to lead successfully, Jesus must first lead you! To lead well and bear fruit, you must be connected to the Vine (John 15:5). Another way of illustrating  this is to imagine your life as a glass. As a spiritual leader, your main job is to be in a position …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Trophies, Cheerleading, Enoch, and Leading a Healthy Small Group


What do you want to be known for? What would you want people to say about you after you die? At different stages of my life I would have responded to that question differently. As a kid growing up in Cincinnati, I wanted to be known as a great athlete, like Pete Rose or Oscar Robertson. My athletic career was …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Leader’s Heart: 2nd Sign of a Healthy Group


The most vital mark of kingdom leadership is a leader’s relationship with God. And that’s the second sign of a healthy small group: a healthy growing leader. The apostle Paul prayed for his Ephesian friends that “Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Ministry Leaders

“For a Cause or for Christ?” (Repost of Heather Zempel Blog)


I’ve been talking about the first sign of a healthy small group. It must be Christ-centered. Heather Zempel (at right) put it so well in her blog November 23. Check it out: “The disciples didn’t lay their lives down for a cause but for a person.” That’s how Dave Buehring kicked off his talk on the Ways of God at …

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