Perfect Leadership by Dave Alford

THE THREE INGREDIENTS FOR PERFECT LEADERSHIP Perfect leadership? Is that even possible? Perhaps not, but wouldn’t it be great to at least know what it looks like? Then we’d have a target to shoot for. Well, as it turns out, the Bible’s storyline begins with perfect leadership. It’s what God provided to Adam and Eve… [ Read More ]

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Officer Clemmons By Dave Alford

National Public Radio’s StoryCorps segment caught my attention as I was driving to work this morning. It was an interview with Francois Clemmons who played the role of Officer Clemmons on the long-running children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (MRN). I rarely watched MRN as a kid so I wasn’t even aware that Clemmons was black…. [ Read More ]

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3 Powerful Sources of Leadership and How to Use Them By Dave Alford

One natural byproduct of the spiritual growth that people experience in small groups is a better understanding of who they are. They discover the uniqueness with which God made them, or their personhood. They discover the reason that God created them, or their purpose. They discover the definition of success in which they can invest… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership: “Learning” Part 2 By Dave Alford

Developing leaders for our ministries must begin with training our people to learn because learning provides the fuel for leadership. In my last post I described how this learning must be more than just head knowledge. It’s got to involve the heart, hands, and mouth as well. As we show people how to learn this… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership Part 1: “Learning” By Dave Alford

There’s an old adage that says that leaders are learners. That statement is particularly meaningful for followers of Christ because learning is absolutely at the center of our ability to lead effectively. Since leadership development is so important to our work in small group ministry, how can we help those we are developing to be effective… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership By Dave Alford

For those of us in group ministry, leadership development has got to be at or near the top our list of activities that are most vital to our success. A Google query on the topic of leadership yields over 454 million results meaning that there is so much information on the subject that it is… [ Read More ]

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Is Your Church Really Safe? By Ben Reed

Is your church safe? I don’t mean “we have police officers” and “we have hidden cameras” and “I’m packing heat on my pew.” Is your church safe for you to be you? Can you be the you that doesn’t have it all figured out? That has more questions than answers, some days? Can you be… [ Read More ]

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Remove The Stress, Pick a Deadline By David Heinemeier Hansson

October 20 was the internal deadline we picked for Basecamp 3 back in early Summer. It was computed by the highly scientific method of two-parts sussing, one-part calendar dart throwing, and the full awareness of its arbitrary nature. The purpose of a self-imposed deadline is to sharpen the edge of your prioritization sword and stake… [ Read More ]

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No Need to Stand Alone By Jay Daniell

As Small Group Point Person, there is no need to stand alone. Around the turn of the century, God moved in me, as a volunteer, to launch Small Groups in our local congregation. I remember the fun, excitement and passion which I enjoyed; those were the days… I also remember the pain, heartbreak and struggles…. [ Read More ]

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What Does Spiritual Planning Look Like?

image credit: http://creationswap.com/palkomedia There is certainly nothing “unspiritual” about planning.  But, it is very possible to do “unspiritual” planning.  In other words, it is very possible to plan purely from human wisdom and experience and gifting and leave God out of the process. So, what does it look like to make sure my planning is… [ Read More ]

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