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Small Group Leaders

The Costs of Commitment in Groups (Commitment and Small Groups Series #6)


Is It Worth It?

I’m writing currently about commitment in groups and I believe this is vital. Groups that are committed to one another, despite the costs involved, are the ones in which people grow and develop into disciplemaking disciples. They are also the groups that grow in numbers. bear fruit, and reproduce themselves. Commitment always comes with a cost, however. Jesus required surrender …

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Small Group Leaders

5 Surefire Ways to Screw Up a Small Group (Commitment and Small Groups Series #4)


All About Me

1. Make your group all about you. When you first looked for a small group, you may have done so in the same way you shopped for a new car or a new refrigerator. You looked for features you wanted, features like the right people, the right location, the right day or time, and the right kind of study or …

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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


Commitment

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


Tattoo's Spencer

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


Small Group Influences

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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Small Group Leaders

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


Holiday Gift Pack

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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SG Movement/History

The Beginnings of Small Groups.com


I was sitting in a small groups seminar in 1993, mesmerized by Lyman Coleman as he stood by his overhead projector, training leaders as nobody else could. This is good stuff, I thought, but what will these folks do when they get back to their churches? What will they do two or three years from now when they run into …

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SG Movement/History

Lyman’s Legacy


LC Cover

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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