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Mark Zuckerberg on Small Groups and Facebook’s Future

In a recent interview with WIRED*, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, shared that small group ministry is a model he considers when he looks to the future of his social media website. It’s an intriguing comment from the marketplace and it’s loaded with transferable insights for disciple makers. I think it’s important for me to note… [ Read More ]

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Designing Your Small Group Ministry Model

One of the initial steps to take in order to launch (or re-launch) a small groups ministry, is to design and define your groups model. Paying close attention to this step will reduce confusion, attract the right leaders and filter out peoples’ personal agendas and/or past experiences. There are roughly ten or so different small… [ Read More ]

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11 Ways To Value Children and Small Groups

One of the most common excuses I hear from people for not being able to attend or host a small group is, “I don’t know what to do with my children.” This particular issue, although it requires a little bit of thought, should not be used as excuse to disengage from small group community. Biblical… [ Read More ]

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Memorable Lines from Rick Warren at the 2017 So Cal Lobby Gathering

There is no small church in God’s eyes… no matter what size the plane is, the pilot always takes it just as seriously. Big isn’t better. Small isn’t better. Better is better. Healthy is better. Growing churches require growing leaders. I don’t worry about growing the church, I worry about growing me. What most Senior… [ Read More ]

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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… [ Read More ]

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Three 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… [ Read More ]

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Overcoming Offense at the Table

Jesus stated that one of the signs of the end times would be the exponential increase of “offense.” Not only can this poison unbelievers, it also threatens the health of the church as well. If Christ-followers aren’t knitted together in the opposite fashion of worldly individualism, they too will be ill equipped to navigate the… [ Read More ]

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4 Benefits of Planned Breaks

Genesis 2:3 (NKJV) says, “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” If the Eternal Creator of the Universe rested from work then we, finite human beings, should make sure we rest as well. I believe the same is… [ Read More ]

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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… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Lessons from Google

There is new research by Google that reveals profound discoveries about why some work groups thrive and others falter. The findings are fascinating because they provide empirical data from the business world that is relevant for the church, especially for those of us serving in small group ministry. I encourage you to check out the… [ Read More ]

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