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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No Size Fits All – The Importance Of Learning Styles In Disciple Making

One size fits all. It’s great if you’re shopping for a Snuggie, but horrible if you’re making a disciple.  While we may understand this on a conceptual level, we often fail on a logistical level when we fail to ask the right questions while developing curriculum plans for our groups.  A one-size discipleship strategy will, more often than not,… [ Read More ]

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Soul Care for the Small Group Point Person

“How are you doing, really?” Ever been asked that question? You were probably asked that because something was a little…off. Something didn’t seem right. You weren’t acting like your normal self. You weren’t exhibiting behavior consistent with the way you normally act, whether that was physically, spiritually, or emotionally. OR You’ve been asked that question… [ Read More ]

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Loving those in the LGBT Community

Given the cultural realities concerning the LGBT community, how do our churches and groups engage with and love those from the gay community? Kirby Holmes tackles this sensitive topic in this month’s Group Talk answering the following questions.  1. What does it look like to love those in the LGBT community? 2. Do we engage… [ Read More ]

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Is this the future of group life?

Are you looking for the silver bullet for your groups ministry? Then keep looking, because this isn’t the Group Talk for you. But if you’re willing to sit and listen, learn, and digest, this edition of Group Talk will help you think outside of your box. You have something to learn from the Mid-Sized Community… [ Read More ]

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