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Facilitating Discussion     TIPS

Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Week – 10/14-23/2015


A new feature of Small Group Leadership is a TIP of the Day that I Tweet, post on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and post on  LinkedIn each Monday through Friday. (Follow Mike and Small Group Leadership by clicking on any of these links or the icons in the “Connect with Mike” box in the right column.)  I will …

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Curriculum

What Small Groups Should Study and Direction from Above


Choices

I just read an interesting article by Eric Geiger at LifeWay. In essence, the article says that most small group leaders are given no direction in what their groups study. Read the article HERE. Here’s my reply: In some ways this is both bad news and good news. The bad news is that leaders and their groups definitely do need more …

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Ministry Leaders

What Every Small Group Leader Needs from their Small Group Pastor


Leaders

I’ve made it a regular, ongoing practice in my ministry to ask the leaders under my care, “What do you need? How can we help you most in your ministry?” If I were to sum up their typical response in one line, it would sound something like an old Carpenter’s song: “What a leader needs now … is love, sweet …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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


Vital Signs Monitor

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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Small Group Leaders

7 Grace-Filled Principles for Building Commitment to Spiritual Practices (Commitment and Small Groups Series #13)


Hands

In yesterday’s post, I discussed what you as a leader can do when group members resist making a commitment to grow spiritually. How can you help them grow, and, even first, want to grow, without pushing them, judging them, or being legalistic about it? How can you shepherd them, leading them to the places where they can best drink of the Living …

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Facilitating Discussion

Hanging Out with Fellow Small Group Ministry Practitioners: August 2013


The topic for our August 1 Small Group Ministry Practitioners Hangout was “Training leaders to be shepherds to their little flock.” How do you train them? What do you teach? Great discussion; we all learned a lot from one another. +Jay Daniell, +Josh Hunt, +Emil Kerekes, +Jonathan Jordan, +Adam Workman, +Brandon Boyd, and I participated this month. Here are a few highlights. We started by discussing …

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Small Group Leaders

Your Vital Roles as a Shepherd-Leader – #4 in Series


The role of shepherding a small group is not complex, but it does take continuous intentional effort. Of course, that starts with an understanding that these “sheep” have been entrusted to you by the Chief Shepherd. You are a shepherd, but he is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, the Real Shepherd of the sheep. Your role is to allow him …

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Small Group Leaders

What’s Your Definition of a Small Group Leader?


Your responsibility as a small group leader is primarily to shepherd the sheep that God puts into your care and to go out and bring more sheep into the fold. So . . . ·         Do not view yourself merely as a Bible study teacher or the equivalent of a Sunday school teacher who presents lessons to the group. ·         …

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Small Group Leaders

You’re A Shepherd, But Not The Shepherd


“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care” (1 Peter 5:2). As a small group leader, your main role is to be a shepherd, yet it is essential for you to understand that you are not the real shepherd, the chief shepherd. That role belongs exclusively to Jesus. “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep,” and …

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Small Group Leaders

The Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd


Green Love Seat - Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd

This leader is the shepherd I do not want. He maketh me sit down on green love seats; he leadeth me to meetings. He ignoreth my soul. He leadeth me to complete my homework assignment— It taketh three hours, for heaven’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of downsizing and debt, you are not with me. Your wife …

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