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Making Disciples & The Fast Lane

Making Disciples & The Fast Lane

Posted by | Nov 10, 2014

Is it really faster in the fast lane? Jesus tells us to love everyone. The Late-Merger makes this a significant challenge for me. You have probably experienced the late-merger yourself.  Let’s say you are driving down a two lane highway and see a sign telling you to merge due to traffic being reduced to one lane ahead. You...

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Creating A Small Group Curriculum Map

Creating A Small Group Curriculum Map

Posted by | Nov 03, 2014

One of the most common questions I get as a small groups pastor is, “What should we study next?” It’s a good question, rooted in a group leader wanting to find the most helpful, engaging, relevant study that will help his/her group grow. He wants his group to love his choice. She wants her group to fall in love with the...

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Designing Your Small Group Ministry Model

Designing Your Small Group Ministry Model

Posted by | Oct 27, 2014

One of the initial steps to take in order to launch (or re-launch) a small groups ministry, is to design and define your groups model. Paying close attention to this step will reduce confusion, attract the right leaders and filter out peoples’ personal agendas and/or past experiences. There are roughly ten or so different small...

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Six Practical Musts for an Effective Small Group Minstry

Six Practical Musts for an Effective Small Group Minstry

Posted by | Oct 20, 2014

I continue to hear of churches who are stating, “Small groups don’t work.” As I thought about that I realized there are six consistent musts every church should do if they are going to have an effective small group ministry. Choose the right person to spearhead the small group ministry. The individual spearheading a small...

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4 Things You Should Ask God to Do in Your Small Group this Year

4 Things You Should Ask God to Do in Your Small Group this Year

Posted by | Oct 14, 2014

In Luke 11:9, Jesus makes a simple promise: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (NIV) It seems funny to say it, but my research involving more than 4000 groups in over 300 churches revealed that what Jesus says is true! The small group leaders with the healthiest...

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Don’t Change My Small Group!

Don’t Change My Small Group!

Posted by | Oct 08, 2014

People who love their small group want that group to stay the same forever.  This is true for long-time, mission-minded followers of Jesus just as much as it is for people who are experiencing the power of group for the first time. I was reminded of this last week when one of the most mission-minded women in our church shared her...

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4 Rewards For Implementing Small Groups Into Your Youth Ministry!

4 Rewards For Implementing Small Groups Into Your Youth Ministry!

Posted by | Oct 02, 2014

A few weeks ago we celebrated our 2nd annual “Fall Small Group Launch,” marking one year of implementing strategic small groups into our NextGen ministry! From September to May we have “Small Group Night” twice per month during our midweek gathering. Each small group is led by 2 small group leaders, 2 assistant leaders in...

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Five Vital Reminders During & After Your Fall Small Group Launch

Five Vital Reminders During & After Your Fall Small Group Launch

Posted by | Sep 30, 2014

How are you feeling right now? Let me guess. Are you feeling … busy? tired? excited? stressed? burned out? (I wrote a book for that one) The Fall season is perhaps the busiest time of the year for us small group fanatics. All our planning over the summer is now being implemented. If you oversee the groups in your church,...

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