Facilitating

The Four-Step Group Discussion Method

29 Apr , 2016  

Four-Step Group Discussion Method

A simple but revolutionary way of doing evangelism and small groups is sweeping the globe. It started in India but it’s rocking the world. In suburbs of San Francisco, slums of South America, and Muslim tribes of Africa, the lost are being won, disciples are being mobilized, and churches are multiplying. It’s called the “Disciple-Making […]

Discipling

Make More Disciples by Making Less

19 Apr , 2016  

make more disciples

As a small group leader, how many people do you think you can effectively lead, shepherd, and disciple? Eight? Ten? Twelve? Twenty? Let me ask this question another way: If you are to bear much fruit, fruit that will last . . . if you are to see true transformation of people’s lives . . […]

Group Studies

Forty Days of Prayer by Scott Hagan

14 Apr , 2016   Video

Warning! This is a biased review. I am excited to tell you about a new group resource, Forty Days of Prayer, by my own pastor, Scott Hagan. The aim of Forty Days of Prayer is to immerse people in a six-week journey through the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). It’s a powerful tool that we developed […]

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Discipling

Small Group Lessons from GOOGLE?

7 Apr , 2016  

small group lessons from google?

There is new research by Google that reveals profound discoveries about why some work groups thrive and others falter. The findings are fascinating because they provide empirical data from the business world that is relevant for the church, especially for those of us serving in small group ministry. I encourage you to check out the […]

Strategies

Small Group Connection Events

31 Mar , 2016  

Small Group Tailgate Party

What is your church’s strategy to FILL your small groups with your people? Announcements? Flyers? Sign-ups?  While these can help to get the ball rolling, they rarely generate the momentum needed to move hundreds or thousands of new people into groups. Enter the “Small Group Connection Event.” This is a strategic church wide or mid-size […]

Facilitating,Outreach

Build 4 Weeks into Your Group Study

22 Mar , 2016  

Building 4 Weeks Onto Your Small Groups

“Variety is the spice of life,” as the saying goes. The same could be said for your small group. Variety can spice things up compared to the weekly routine of Bible study, discussion and prayer. The other thing variety can do is “add on” to a study series that your group is going through. For […]

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Activities,Strategies

Online Groups at the 2016 Lobby Gathering

16 Mar , 2016  

The Lobby 2016

I spent last week at the 2016 Lobby Gathering, hosted by the Small Group Network. It’s a fantastic week in Southern California at the Rancho Capistrano Retreat Center learning about small groups, connecting with good friends and networking with leaders. It’s not your typical conference either, in that, there are built-in times for people to […]

Group Studies

Open Letter to Group Publishers

8 Mar , 2016  

Open Letter to Group Publishers

There are times when I look through small group curriculum, become confused and eventually discard the material altogether. I have even reached the point of speculating as to whether or not the author(s) of certain group publications have attended an actual small group. It’s the only conclusion I can surmise based on the incompatibility certain […]

Strategies

Small Groups versus Sunday School?

1 Mar , 2016  

Small Groups versus Sunday school

If the goal is to teach the Word of God and apply the Great Commission and Great Commandment, does it matter if your people meet in a church classroom or living room? The debate over Sunday School versus Small Groups continues. Each side debates the merits of their system, while pointing out the “flaws” in […]

Strategies

Groups Language That’s Running Out of Time

10 Feb , 2016  

Groups Language That's Running Out of Time

Language matters in small group ministry. Changing your language can remove invisible obstacles in peoples’ minds. Having the right language can accelerate a person’s decision-making process in the right direction. I learned this early on as young youth pastor running small groups. For example, encouraging our youth ministry small groups to multiply into more groups […]

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