Strategic Planning For 2015

The sage prophet Benjamin Franklin once said “a failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Every day of every year, teams and leaders across the world read that perennial quote in bewilderment, wondering “how did he KNOW?!?” If you’ve ever been there and felt the weight of the failure to plan, this month’s Group… [ Read More ]

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Training new group leaders

We are in the summer grind.  It’s time to be preparing for the fall season of Small Group Life.  One of the most beneficial things you can do today to insure success tomorrow is to equip your Small Group Leaders. And nothing is as effective as a well developed plan. On Wednesday, July 10 at… [ Read More ]

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Do Your Singles Suffer From Second-Class Syndrome?

While most churches are becoming more and more family-centric and focused, there is an increasingly significant segment of the church population who are often underserved and overlooked. The singles. If you’re in need of fresh perspective and strategies for engaging and serving the singles in your church, this Group Talk is  for you! The unfortunate… [ Read More ]

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Creating a Disciple-Making Environment

So this Small Group Pastor walks into his favorite coffee shop and greets the barista with a ho-hum “give me the usual, Mac.”  As Mac whips up his Sugar-free Double Mocha Decaf Latte on Ice he asks, “What’s bothering you today?” To which the pastor replies “my groups’ ministry is going well, but I’m not sure we… [ Read More ]

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Effective Strategies For Training And Developing Leaders

Crucial to any small group strategy is your team’s plan to not just find leaders, but to adequately prepare and equip them for the journey of leadership. But how? And when? And where? And with what?  These are just a few of the million-dollar questions this week’s Group Talk guest, Joe Windham, tackles in a discussion a… [ Read More ]

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Externally Focused Small Groups

If your groups are stuck in a rut, maybe they need a jump-start toward being externally focused. Eric Torrence (on Twitter) and I will be having that discussion at 12 Noon Central Time on Thursday, September 12th.  Eric is the Groups Pastor at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas.  He is resolute to impact the community through community…. [ Read More ]

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Developing A Transformational Groups Culture

Recent church studies have uncovered qualitative data that many have known for years… that those who are in a small group give more generously, serve more sacrificially, confess their sins more frequently, share the gospel more regularly. In short, those who are in a small group display more attributes of discipleship than those who aren’t. That’s what we all want,… [ Read More ]

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Group Talk: Small Group Leaders as Shepherds

Should Small Group Leaders be discussion facilitators or should they act as Shepherds?  At The Village Church in north-west Dallas they are all about Shepherds.  Trevor Joy (on Twitter), the Spiritual Formation Pastor, at The Village will be discussing their strategy and intentionality of establishing “Shepherds in the living room” in each of their Small Groups. Trevor says,… [ Read More ]

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Coming Together, Keeping Together, Working Together

It was Henry Ford who once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”  While he could have been talking about the importance of teams in any number of contexts, the concept is certainly universal and is just as foundational in business settings as it is in church leadership settings.But what… [ Read More ]

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The DNA of a healthy small group

It’s buzzy to talk about “small group health” these days. Why? Because we all want our groups to be healthy! No matter your system, your approach, your denomination, or the size of your church, you’re aiming for healthy small groups. But there’s no universal definition of a healthy small group, is there? What is a… [ Read More ]

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