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Michael Mack Named Christian Standard Editor: What Does This Mean for Small Group Leadership?


New Role as Christian Standard Editor: What It Means to Small Group Leadership

In April I was named editor of Christian Standard magazine. (Read announcement here.) I am honored and humbled to be the 12th editor of this 151-year-old Christian-leadership journal. The July issue, the first for which I’m responsible, has been completely redesigned and repurposed, and it’s arriving in mailboxes of our subscribers today. We also uploaded it to our app yesterday. …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

How Can My Group(s) Do What Jesus’ Group Did? (Is That Even Possible?)


Your small group can do what Jesus' did - Change the World!

The back cover of World’s Greatest Small Group features this audacious claim: Your small group can do what Jesus’ did: Change the World! I wouldn’t make such a claim if I didn’t believe it’s possible. But I believe not only that it’s possible, but that it’s exactly what Jesus wants to happen. It’s what he said will happen. It’s what …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Protected: For Bloggers and Reviewers: Can Your Group(s) Really Do What Jesus’ Did—and Even Greater Things?


Your small group can do what Jesus' did - Change the World!

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Are Small Groups Deceiving Themselves?


Are Small Groups Deceiving Themselves?

What are the purposes of vision and mission statements? Are they important? Should a small group have vision and mission statements? I’ll answer those questions in a moment. But first I’d like to share a series of mission-related tweets I posted a couple days ago: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore stay on …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Small Group Leaders

Jesus’ Leadership Order


Jesus started his church by calling a few normal, workaday guys to follow him, and then he made a remarkable statement. He told these unschooled, unspectacular, blue-collar guys that he’d turn them into leaders who would make an eternal difference in people’s lives (see Matt. 4:18-20) and ultimately the world. Jesus reiterated the point sometime later when he called together …

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SG Movement/History

Lyman’s Legacy


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I wrote yesterday about Lyman Coleman and his thoughts on small groups as an assimilation strategy for the church. Today, I want to share some more personal thoughts about Lyman. I first met Lyman Coleman in 1992 when I wrote a feature article about him for The Lookout magazine (right). I had called Serendipity House, the ministry he founded, to …

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Small Group Leaders

How Your Small Group Can (Must) Partner with God


“God’s work is accomplished by a combination of human and divine effort, said one of my seminary professors, Dr. Joe Ellis. “We cannot do it without Him; He has ordained not to do it without us. We depend on each other.”¹ I love this quote. I’m amazed by the reality that we actually get to partner with God in his …

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Small Group Leaders

Coach K and Jesus on Real Leadership


It’s college hoops time again, and I may be weird, but I enjoy watching the coaches as much or more than the players. I love strategy, and as a former youth coach myself, I love to analyze (and, yes, sometimes second-guess) the decisions coaches make. Coaching is leadership and as leaders we can learn a lot by watching good coaches. …

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You Have Been Elected!


The day after the election, I’m reflecting on bigger picture values. I turned off the news programs in which so-called experts are discussing all the nitty-gritty details of why this person won and that one lost and what all that means. Like many people I got caught up in a lot of the hype and drama of this electoral campaign. …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Ministry Feels Like It’s Failing – Part 3: Redefine Success


This is the third and last planned post in this three-day series. I introduced the series in Part 1 and talked about the first reason we face failure and what to do about it in Part 2. Today, let’s tackle a second reason we sometimes don’t feel like we’re bearing fruit and what we can do about that. At times, …

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