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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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Leading a Small Group & Making Disciples: Same thing or not?

Leading a Small Group & Making Disciples: Same thing or not?

Posted by | Sep 22, 2014

“A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t always a square.” Math was not my thing. I barely survived Algebra II! Somehow, this truth from geometry sticks with me. I believe it also can help us get a handle on whether or not leading a small group is the same as making disciples. Every square meets all of the...

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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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