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Lyman Coleman: Small Groups Are Much More Than an Assimilation Strategy


Lyman and Mike

I spent a day with Lyman Colemen recently and talked about small groups ministry over the last 60-some years. Lyman founded Serendipity House and for more than 30 years, he spoke at church conferences across America. At that time, he was the voice of the American small group movement. Mike and Lyman Coleman, August 2013 Lyman Coleman leading a Small …

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Ministry Leaders

Top 10 Small Group Ministry Launch Failures


Launch Failure

In my ministry over the years I’ve seen many blunders as churches launch small groups. I’ve made my own share as well. Later, people in the congregation say stuff like, “See, small groups didn’t work here,” but that wasn’t really the case. Here are the ten mistakes I most often see. These can have a devastating effect on any future …

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External-Focus

What Keeps Us from the Mission


Caution

Last week Andy asked me an interesting question: “How far should we go in getting involved with non-Christians?” Andy and I are in a men’s group together and we were sitting in a coffee shop talking about people we meet in coffee shops, among other places, co-workers, and others we come in contact with. My response sprung from my lips: …

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Ministry Leaders

It’s Not About Small Groups!


Not Small Groups

Recently, I was commenting on a discussion on the Small Group Churches site about why small group ministries sometimes fail in churches. The author of the original post, +Andrew Mason, suggests three very good reasons this happens, but I believe there may be one big overarching reason. I’ve seen many churches start small group “programs” like any other program in …

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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

Reconciliation: the Heart of Small Groups


Do you remember the first time you were invited to a small group? I do. I had visited Centerville Christian Church in Dayton, Ohio, and met a few people my age. (I was 28 and single at the time, and was shopping for a church. I had not yet fully given my life to Christ.) They invited me to their group, …

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Facilitating Discussion

Dilbert on Facilitating Group Discussion


I thought today would be a good day for a humor break. As a big Dilbert fan, I loved this strip. Going way back to 1991 for this. Does this ever happen in your small group? Does it ever happen to you? Shared from the Dildert website: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1991-08-27/, by Scott Adams.

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Wanted: Authentic Small Group Leaders (Arm-Chair Theologians and Lone Rangers Need Not Apply)


Are you an authentic small group leader?  If we as small group leaders say we should all be witnesses yet do not do so ourselves, this hypocrisy teaches people to be disobedient. It gives the message, “I say you should share your faith, but I do not really mean it because, as you can see by my actions, I don’t …

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Small Group Leaders

How and When to Launch a Small Group: The Role of the Holy Spirit, Prayer, Laundry Rooms, Swimming Pools, and Game Nights


Right after Heidi and I got married, we moved into a forty-unit apartment building. We wanted to start a small group to reach out to the people who lived there who did not have a relationship with God, but we had no idea how to start one. So I asked Glen, a minister at the church we attended, how we …

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Small Group Leaders

Small Group Fireplaces: #4 – Group Members Pray for One Another


When you add another log to the fire, you know what happens. It is soon ablaze itself and it eventually helps keep the other logs burning as well. But the log must be touching the other logs. Set a fresh log outside the fireplace and not much happens. This is what we love about community: We fire each other up. …

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