Strategies

Now Hiring: Discipleship Entrepreneurs

9 Nov , 2017  

Discipleship Entrepreneurs, Small Groups

Dear Church Leader, If discipleship is boring to you it will be boring to those following your leadership. While nobody would openly confess this to be the case in their own context, it is an all too common occurrence in our modern church era. This is an unfortunate outcome given Jesus’ charge in Matthew 28:19 […]

Strategies

Strategic Kingdom Networking

1 Sep , 2017  

strategic kingdom networking

Your network could be the key to your next harvest. Do you have a barrier that your groups ministry keeps hitting? Is there a specific problem that you’re having trouble solving? Have you leveraged your network in response to the resistance you’re experiencing? In Luke 5:1-6, Peter and his fellow fishermen had been working hard […]

Strategies

Is Your Discipleship Model For EVERYONE?

12 Jul , 2017  

Is Your Discipleship Model for Everyone

When my wife Camille was younger she had a mentor in a discipleship program that she was a part of.  His name was Richard Moore. At the time I am writing this, He is the President and CEO of the non-profit organization, Shoulder-to-Shoulder.  At the time my wife was in his discipleship program he went […]

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Strategies

3 Tips When Launching Interest Based Small Groups 

22 Jun , 2017  

Launching Interest-based Groups

God is so creative in how he made the human race to be so diverse! Different nationalities, unique languages, beautiful skin colors and various interests! Here are 3 tips when launching interest based groups… #1. Recruit leaders with an Appeal to their Interests  It’s crazy how two complete and total strangers who have never met […]

Strategies

Small Groups or Missional Communities? Or Both?

24 Apr , 2017  

grouping your church in the way of Jesus

Those who write about small groups—let’s call them “the experts” tend to talk about the way we group in either/or categories: “small groups” or “missional communities.” These are, of course, overly simplistic labels that I’m using here for the sake of being clear. I use them to describe the basic expectations of different grouping strategies. […]

Culture,Strategies

Millennial Perspectives on Small Groups & More

11 Apr , 2017  

Millennial Perspectives on Small Groups & More

Something is profoundly missing in today’s churches. While we may not be able to put our finger on exactly what the problem is, many of us have silently wrestled with suspicions that the type of life we read about in Scripture does not line up with what we’re currently experiencing in our ecclesial communities. There […]

Strategies

Three Ideas to Engage Your Lead Pastor as the Groups Champion

19 Jan , 2017  

3 Ideas to Engage Your Lead Pastor as the Groups Champion

As an Associate Pastor who has oversight of small groups at my church, I see a large part of my responsibility as assisting the Lead Pastor to be at the center of our discipleship strategy. This is more of an art than a science, because the Lead Pastor has many demands on their schedule that […]

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Strategies

Three Realities for Lead Pastors and Small Groups

11 Jan , 2017  

Three Realities for Lead Pastors and Small Groups

It is a pleasant fiction to think that a small group ministry can soar in a church by delegating all of the responsibility to an Associate Pastor. A similar line of reasoning would contend that the Lead Pastor doesn’t need to worship because they have hired a worship leader to do that. Of course, nobody […]

Strategies

Saddleback’s Pathway for New Groups

7 Nov , 2016  

Saddleback's Pathway for New Groups

I have two children: an 8-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. One of the big concepts we are working with my 8 year old on is responsibility. We want him to grow in his responsibility when it comes to cleaning his room finding his shoes starting and completing his homework getting ready for school My […]

Featured,Strategies

The Small Group Journey, Not the Destination

28 Jun , 2016  

The Small Group Journey Not the Destination

While sitting with a pastor newly tasked with overseeing the development of groups, he asked, “Tell me about some churches where groups are working.” After we discussed a few of the most effective small group models, it became clear that he was seeking to find the right destination for his church. As we talked about […]