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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

How to Build a Group of Real Friends: Throw Away the Signup Sheets!


The healthiest small groups can be described as groups of real friends…friends who accept one another where they are, friends who are there for one another no matter what, no matter what time of day or night, friends who speak the truth in love and help one another grow in their relationships with God. But how do you as a small …

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Small Group Leaders

What does your small group(s) do over the summer?


I’m writing my monthly Christian Standard small groups column for May, and I have this question. I’d liove to hear your response! What does your small group (or the groups at your church) do over the summer? Any great ideas I could share? Any values in play with this? Any philosophies of ministry/community involved? Please respond by clicking on the …

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Small Group Leaders

File This: The Value of Belonging


As you probably already know, Rick Warren is a big champion of the vitality of community through small groups. In today’s “Daily Hope,” his daily email newsletter that goes to people all over the world, Warren speaks specifically about this value of belonging. I’m quoting it here because this is something you may want to stick in your files  for …

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Facilitating Discussion

“Muskrat” Small Group Leadership


Last week while leading a small group conference session on “Building Real Community” I mentioned the 80/20 rule. That is, in a healthy small group, the group should do about 80 percent of the talking while the leader should talk only about 20 percent of the time (and much of that 20 percent should be in the form of questions). …

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Small Group Leaders

What a Healthy Small Group is NOT


x  A CLUB. A healthy small group exists to make disciples and experience the abundant life “      together. Different groups find varied ways of doing that. x  A CLIQUE. Healthy small groups are always open to newcomers. x  An ORGANIZATION. A healthy small group is a living organism. It is the body of Christ. x  ONE DAY A WEEK. A healthy …

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Small Group Leaders

Two Rocket Boosters That Will Propel Your Small Group to Accomplish Christ’s Mission


I’ve found two boosters that, when either is utilized separately, develops more authentic community, spiritual growth, accountability, a deeper prayer life, leader development, and multiplication. But when these two are used together, they turbocharge your group for carrying out Christ’s mission and bearing much fruit.  Share Leadership with a Core Team Never lead alone. Solo leadership leads to ineffectiveness, lack …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Could Small Groups Survive Without Small Group Ministers?


Several years ago I was a part of a gathering of small group ministers from all over North America, and during one session I wondered what would happen if a terrorist attacked the hotel where we were staying. (Yeah, I’m a little ADD, but I’d rather think of myself as creative.) How would new leaders in these ministers’ churches be found …

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Small Group Leaders

Why Jesus Isn’t Showing Up at Your Small Group Meetings


The most important member of your small group has not showed up for months. Others are attending. You’re studying the Bible. You’re having good enough discussions. You’re ending your meeting in prayer. What’s missing? Jesus is. He hasn’t been invited lately. I know, I know. In my last blog post, I said there’s no sense in inviting Jesus to your …

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Small Group Leaders

Why You Should Stop Inviting Jesus to Your Small Group Meetings


“Lord we invite you into our presence.”  I’ve been in lots of small groups–and worship services for that matter–in which leaders began with words like these. Their intentions and hearts were good, but their words revealed what I believe is one of the most overlooked and undervalued kingdom principles that Jesus gave us: “For where two or three come together …

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Small Group Leaders

Mannequin Small Groups


Yesterday I wrote about the difference between dead small groups and those that are fully alive. (Read it here.) But there is a third category, closely related to the first. Some small groups were never alive in the first place! My friend Carl Douthit once described these groups as mannequins. They were not created with the intention of being alive, …

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