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9 Truths Nobody Told You About Small Groups

9 Truths Nobody Told You About Small Groups

Posted by | Aug 25, 2014

Ahh…small group life. You’re in…by the duping of your pastor. Or by the guilting of your wife. Or because you thought you were signing up for a free vacation. But that was 6 weeks ago. And you’re finding out that what you expected isn’t what’s being delivered. And what you were sold isn’t being given. Group isn’t...

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Blending Small Group Personalities

Blending Small Group Personalities

Posted by | Aug 18, 2014

“What do you do when a person…?” Dot, dot, dot. As Small Groups Pastor, what’s about to follow is a question about handling a certain type of personality during a small group meeting. Sometimes this dynamic can even be an excuse for a person NOT to host or lead a small group, but it doesn’t need to be. For me, these types...

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Open Groups Versus Closed Groups

Open Groups Versus Closed Groups

Posted by | Aug 11, 2014

“How do you feel about small groups being open or closed?” This was a recent question I was asked by a church that was in the beginning stages of formulating their church wide small group model. I smiled because this is a loaded question for several reasons that we will discuss here. Open small groups generally remain “open”...

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12 Ways to Communicate Your Groups Launch

12 Ways to Communicate Your Groups Launch

Posted by | Aug 04, 2014

Churches need to communicate more than they do. After they’re done communicating, they need to communicate some more. I don’t believe in communicating; I believe in over-communicating. If people aren’t sick and tired of hearing about your small group launch, you haven’t communicated enough. The people in your church and...

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Has Your Church Defined a Disciple?

Has Your Church Defined a Disciple?

Posted by | Jul 28, 2014

“Can you help me with small groups at my church?” I get asked this question on a monthly basis from pastors and small group point people. The next question I ask is, “How do you define a disciple?” I usually get more questions than answers when I ask that. About 90% of the time, I’ve created some level of confusion for the...

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10 Pitfalls of Small Group Ministry

10 Pitfalls of Small Group Ministry

Posted by | Jul 14, 2014

“We tried small groups and they didn’t work.” This is a common confession I receive from a church staff member. The leaders who are least interested in hearing about small group ministry are those who have previously implemented them with lackluster results. It’s when I dig a little deeper though that I can begin to pinpoint...

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Launching a Church Wide Campaign with a Family Night

Launching a Church Wide Campaign with a Family Night

Posted by | Jul 10, 2014

If you’re looking to get your small groups ministry to achieve lift off, I would highly recommend you consider using a Family Night to get things rolling. As the pastor over small groups at Real Life Church in Sacramento, led by Pastors Scott and Karen Hagan, we recently held a Family Night to introduce our upcoming church wide...

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Where Can I Find Small Group Bible Studies?

Where Can I Find Small Group Bible Studies?

Posted by | Jun 30, 2014

What should our small groups study? Where can we find good small group Bible studies? These are questions I frequently get asked at Small Group workshops and in conversations with pastors. Before I share some quick links and resources, allow me to share with you a few things to consider. First off, it’s a best practice to...

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