You Cannot Move Beyond Love

11 Jan , 2018  

small groups

“… if I do not have love, I am nothing.” (Paul, in his first letter to the church at Corinth) A person can love another to the extent that they have been loved. No. That’s not quite right. I think this is better stated as: A person can love another to the extend that they […]


Three Dimensions of Flourishing Faith

1 Jun , 2017  

three dimensions of flourishing faith

Group Hosts engaged in the process of disciple making, must see themselves as spiritual anthropologists. They must be observing the people in their group with a prayerful disposition in order to be a catalyst for others’ faith to flourish. Consider the wisdom offered to shepherds in Proverbs 27:23 (NIV), “Be sure you know the condition […]


The Most Important Shift

17 May , 2017  

The Most Important Shift

A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which […]


Banning Liebscher: Rooted in Community

8 May , 2017   Video

In this video, Banning Liebscher shares the following truths with us: “The enemy comes to isolate you.” “Isolation is a killer.” “Our culture, church and secular, screams, ‘independence.’” “You have to fight for this thing called, ‘community.’ Your root system must be community.” As I watched this video, I also thought of the following verse […]


Materials for Training Small Group Leaders

5 Apr , 2017  

Equipping Track

While living in Pasadena, California, I learned the benefits of belonging to an automobile club. Before traveling long-distances by car, I would first ask an automobile club worker to map out the best route. Within minutes I knew exactly how to get to my destination. I could then enjoy the ride because I knew where […]


Francis Chan: Thinking Kingdom First

30 Jan , 2017   Video

Francis Chan delivers powerful truth in regards to living on mission. These are relevant thoughts for disciple-makers offering their homes and extending their personal resources for the Gospel. I invite you to watch the whole video. Here are a few highlighted scriptures and quotes that stood out to me from the content… “What I mean, […]


Are You Getting the Results You Want from Your Small Groups?

4 Jan , 2017  

When we talk about our hopes and dreams for what we want to see in our small groups, we often speak of the kind of life experienced in the early church. We quote Acts 2:42-46, for instance, about how the early church met from house to house and how the believers devoted themselves to “the […]


7 Motivations For Making Disciples

29 Sep , 2016  

7 Motivations For Making Disciples

As an individual, I have a laser beam focus on discipleship. I’m a consistent practitioner. I’m constantly evaluating effectiveness and brainstorming strategies. I speak and teach about it. I love to write about it. In case you didn’t know I also blog about it. I was speaking at a church recently and had a friend […]


The Disgrace of Segregated Small Groups

21 Jul , 2016  

Small groups can either divide us or bring reconciliation. We can’t deny that a level of racial divide exists in the U.S. (still) today. I’m not pointing fingers for who is responsible for this and I hope you don’t either. But I want to move beyond that fact and look at the state of our […]


Banning Liebscher: It’s Not Just Me and Jesus

7 Jul , 2016   Video

In this video, Banning Liebscher of Jesus Culture shares the following perspective: It’s not just me and Jesus. It’s a very western mindset that says, ‘It’s just me and Jesus, I don’t need anybody else.’  You do need other people…” The Bible verse he speaks from is 1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV): Likewise you younger people, […]