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3 Trends that Break IN-to Biblical Community

3 Trends that Break IN-to Biblical Community

Posted by | Dec 16, 2014

Why do small groups or cell groups flourish in churches overseas, but sometimes struggle in the American church? In churches outside of the U.S., a groups ministry can be the growth engine of a church compared to a strategy to simply “close the backdoor” here in America. Many have concluded that small groups just don’t work in...

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The Emerging Leader by Jesus Culture

The Emerging Leader by Jesus Culture

Posted by | Dec 02, 2014

Jesus Culture has produced a video-driven, four week group series entitled, “The Emerging Leader: Fruit That Remains.” The curriculum consists of four user-friendly handouts with scripture and group discussion questions alongside four clips of a dynamic message from Banning Liebscher. First off, it’s a huge benefit...

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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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