When Volunteers Let You Down

When I first became a small group point person within a local church I approached it much like a farmer working to grow something. I got up early, labored long, and diligently cared for growing the ministry and mission. I thought this is the way to be successful and the way to model success. I… [ Read More ]

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5 Things All Small Group Point People Need To Know

Looking back on my start as a small group point person a decade ago, I see how much it mirrored my start as a small group leader nearly two decades ago.  I was idealistic and opinionated, I was eager to learn and dove in to find out.  I tried to inform myself on the models,… [ Read More ]

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The Top 5 Podcasts of 2017

You have likely heard the adage leaders are learners and though the saying is clichéd I’ve found it to hold truth. Like many small group point people, I find myself challenged to grow and learn more and more.  One of the great things about a year coming to an end is all the yearend reviews. … [ Read More ]

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Vision, Vibrance & Vulnerability: The Church Needs Small Group Point People

Small group point person the Church needs you.  You are the voice echoing the call in Hebrews to not neglect meeting together.  Your voice reminds us that left alone systems move toward less connection not more.  You champion, you encourage, you bring vision for what could be in the lives of unconnected people, you are… [ Read More ]

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5 Apps that are Actually Useful for Helping Small Group Point People to Lead Well

Leading ourselves well begins with stewarding our greatest resource, time. Managing our time well requires diligence and it requires a plan. Last year I posted a Small Group Network article, 7 Absurdly Awesome Apps for Groups Leadership. Many of those apps I use every day, along with a few others, to help me lead leaders… [ Read More ]

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3 Keys for Keeping the People Engaged: Enlisted, Employed, Empowered

When we moved into our new home, we made cutting the grass our oldest son Cade’s responsibility.  He mowed periodically at our old home, but when we moved in here, it became his responsibility, his to own.  The other day I asked him to mow the front yard.  Later in the day he looked out… [ Read More ]

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Vision: Five Fundamentals for Keeping it Clear

We’re moving.  It’s a bit of a daunting task, preparing a home, especially when you’ve lived somewhere for nine years now.  There are all these little things that need to get done. Things we’ve lived with and hoped to get to one day, but now one day is today and we must prepare our home… [ Read More ]

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4 Influencer Imperatives in Small Group Leadership

Bill Hybels in his 2005 Global Leadership Summit address “These Things We Must Do” gave four points, imperatives, we as leaders must do.  He implored us to: Keep the vision clear Keep the people engaged Make your meetings memorable Pace yourself for the long haul This is a great list. It is simple and doable.  It can… [ Read More ]

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6 Quick Questions to Value Volunteers

I love sports and believe that it teaches great things like teamwork, overcoming adversity, and how to deal with success and failure.  These are all super important and I believe worthwhile reasons for my children to play.  I value our town rec league. It provides me an opportunity to support our local community and meet… [ Read More ]

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7 Absurdly Awesome Apps for Groups Leadership

A few weeks back on a day out with my wife we ended up at the local home improvement store.  Eighty-four aisles ranging from showers to shrubs greeted us with the express purpose of expanding my todo list.  We’re in the midst of tackling some much needed repairs and updates on our home, and as we… [ Read More ]

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