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 […]


You Can Develop a Leader In Your Small Group!

7 Jan , 2015  


Developing A Leader Isn’t An Option! Moses, one of God’s champion leaders, prioritized the development of leaders. That priority was significant for the young nation of Israel, as Moses died just before leading them into the promised land. Moses’ investment into developing Joshua as a leader was a key component of Israel’s success.   Like […]



Don’t Change My Small Group!

8 Oct , 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 […]


Eric Geiger: Transformational Groups

28 Apr , 2014   Video

What holds churches back from implementing small groups with excellence and effectiveness? How does a church advance their small group ministry to the next level of influence and impact? We answer those questions and more in our latest SGC Hangout with Eric Geiger. Eric is a speaker, consultant, author and a vice-president at Lifeway Resources. […]


Your 1st Meeting With Your New Apprentice

16 Dec , 2013  

Your 1st Meeting with your new apprentice

Like the first two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle coming together, such is the initial connection between a Leader and their new Assistant Leaders(s). The first meeting represents the initial formation of a future small group that will produce followers of Christ. Sharing life on this micro-level will be the seed for 6-15 people to […]


4 Keys To Attracting An Apprentice

11 Dec , 2013  

Christian writers Win and Charles Arn wrote, “Disciple-making is most effective when it is a team effort.”* This is a powerful thought for brand new small group leaders. If you’re launching a small group for the first time let me encourage you with a simple small group maxim: Never lead alone. Jesus didn’t lead alone. […]


Great Idea To Develop New Small Group Leaders

8 Mar , 2013  

Eddie Mosely

Today I share a video with you from Eddie Mosely, a Small Group Pastor at Life Point Church in Tennessee. In the video he shares a great idea for developing new small group leaders through a staff-driven process. I prefer the lay-driven model, but one of the weaknesses of it is that it can be […]


One Shot At Recruiting Small Group Leaders

4 Mar , 2013  

Recruiting Small Group Leaders

One of the often heard confessions of a Small Group Director or Pastor (which includes Lead Pastors too) is, “I can’t find enough small group leaders.” I empathize with this statement and yet, silently wrestle with it as well. Why? I personally don’t believe leaders grow on trees. Therefore, I don’t believe they can be […]



What Do I Do If I Have No Assistant Leaders?

18 Jan , 2013  

Recruiting Volunteers

You’re a small group leader, people are coming over to your house for small group ministry, you have the vision to grow and multiply your group, BUT, you have no Assistant Leaders. I’ve been there before and I am constantly working with leaders who are there right now. This can make you feel like you’re […]

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Jesus’ Laser Beam Focus

5 Nov , 2012  

laser beam

Jesus of Nazareth started the most infectious, expansive and enduring movement in the history of the world. What’s even more mind-boggling than that is the fact that He knew it would happen (see Matthew 28:18-20). In His wisdom, Jesus started his continent-shaking ministry with an approach that was the ‘180 degree opposite direction’ of how […]