Assistants

Appointed Not Recruited

8 Feb , 2018  

small groups

Leading a small group (or anything else in the church) comes out of an assignment or appointment from God. This is critical and foundational to Christian leadership. When someone recruits you to a job that you are not called to, it’s easy to throw in the towel when the going gets tough. Are you a […]

Facilitating

A Simple Small Group Agenda

30 Jan , 2018  

small groups

This simple small group agenda is based on 7 principles from Acts 2:42-47, 5:42 and 6:7. The seven principles are as follows… House-to-house gatherings – smaller than the temple courts gatherings and an expression of hospitality. Devoted to the Apostles’ Doctrine – interacting with the Word of God in a communal setting. Devoted to Fellowship […]

Activities

One Day Groups Gathering with Scott Boren

25 Jan , 2018  

small groups

This past weekend I had the pleasure and honor of hosting the One Day Groups Gathering event with author and consultant, Scott Boren, as the Keynote Speaker. There was an amazing download of content shared throughout the day and I wanted to share a quick snapshot through a handful of quotes. We had group leaders […]

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Discipling

You Cannot Move Beyond Love

11 Jan , 2018  

small groups

“… if I do not have love, I am nothing.” (Paul, in his first letter to the church at Corinth) A person can love another to the extent that they have been loved. No. That’s not quite right. I think this is better stated as: A person can love another to the extend that they […]

Announce

Moving to Minneapolis

8 Jan , 2018  

small groups

Update: Camille and I (and our two boys) will be moving across the country in the near future. I have accepted a new position as Executive Pastor of Discipleship Communities at Emmanuel Christian Center. We will be providing leadership to their Connect Groups, Equip Courses as well as being a part of the teaching team. […]

Uncategorized

Top 10 Articles of 2017

3 Jan , 2018  

small groups

Before we dive too deep into 2018, I want to make sure to highlight some of the kingdom content released through SGC in 2017. Below is a list of the top ten articles of 2017. We published 30 blog posts this past year. The content consists of videos, product reviews and articles. This list is […]

Facilitating

Fully Developed Disciples

4 Dec , 2017  

Fully developed disciples

“You’re always doing curls for the girls.” When I was a high school football player, that is something we would say to a teammate in the weight room in jest. The comment was for a guy who was consistent with his arm curl weightlifting routine but not-so consistent with his lower body and legs exercises. […]

Strategies

Now Hiring: Discipleship Entrepreneurs

9 Nov , 2017  

Discipleship Entrepreneurs, Small Groups

Dear Church Leader, If discipleship is boring to you it will be boring to those following your leadership. While nobody would openly confess this to be the case in their own context, it is an all too common occurrence in our modern church era. This is an unfortunate outcome given Jesus’ charge in Matthew 28:19 […]

SGN

3 Strategies for Kingdom Networking

28 Sep , 2017  

Having a specific strategy when it comes to networking can immediately add value to our kingdom assignment. Without a strategy, though, you could find yourself wandering around aimlessly. First off, I want to say that I personally believe that I can learn something from anybody. Anyone can sharpen me and help me grow. I try to maintain a diversity of backgrounds in my networking to keep my perspective well-rounded and balance. With that in mind, I also use some guidelines when I’m trying to network for ministry growth. Here are few attributes I keep in mind when I’m trying to see my small group ministry breakthrough to another level… Church and Groups Ministry Size. I look for churches and small group ministries that are one step ahead of me in numerical size. As I said before, I believe I can learn from smaller ministries and larger ministries, but I find it really helpful to glean from a ministry that has broken through to next level that I’m currently reaching for. Sometimes there can be a tendency to only look to the largest churches for answers to our ministry questions. However, if I’m a groups pastor of 100 groups in a church of 1000 people, I believe I can learn more from a church of 1500-2000 people with 150-200 groups than I can from a church of 10,000 people with a 1000 groups. Why do I believe that? The church of 1500-2000 people is at the next level of numerical growth that I am specifically reaching for. If I can compare their leadership infrastructure, their equipping tactics and their level of excellence to our own ministry at my church, hopefully I can find some practical ideas that will help us increase our own kingdom potential. Small Group Ministry Model. There about 10 different small group ministry models that churches use. Understanding the certain groups model a church has chosen in comparison to the groups model my church is using is a very important piece of information. It doesn’t need to be an identical model to our own necessarily, but I need to understand the similarities and differences. In some cases, it can be helpful to learn from a similar model in order to refine our current approach. In other situations, I might need to consider different models that would allow me to consider making necessary changes to what we’re doing. Cultural Context. I also look for church leaders to network with that are working in a similar cultural context as I am. I work in a large city and highly populated region where people are busy. A lot of my church members commute to work 1-2 hours every day. Keeping that in mind, there are some ministry strategies that might work in a different cultural context that might not work in my own. Church and small group size, ministry models and cultural context are dynamics I keep in mind when I do strategic kingdom networking.

Having a specific strategy when it comes to networking can immediately add value to our kingdom assignment. Without a strategy, though, you could find yourself wandering around aimlessly. First off, I want to say that I personally believe that I can learn something from anybody. Anyone can sharpen me and help me grow. I try […]

Strategies

Strategic Kingdom Networking

1 Sep , 2017  

strategic kingdom networking

Your network could be the key to your next harvest. Do you have a barrier that your groups ministry keeps hitting? Is there a specific problem that you’re having trouble solving? Have you leveraged your network in response to the resistance you’re experiencing? In Luke 5:1-6, Peter and his fellow fishermen had been working hard […]