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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3 Reasons to Fight for the Right to Party

As groups point people,we all have grand visions and hopes for what happens in those groups; things like accountability, service, knowledge, community and transparency. We even have tools to get those results, including Bible study, sermon discussions, video content, service projects, and prayer times.While all of these tools are clearly important, sometimes we forget one… [ Read More ]

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One Simple, Easy Way to Care for Your Leaders

Like many of you, I have struggled at times on how best to care and shepherd my leaders. Emails, phone calls and notes are great, but when push comes to shove, I yearn for the personal face to face contact with my leaders. And the best time to do this is when they are already… [ Read More ]

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5 Habits of Successful Small Group Point People in Delegating Care

I have served at my church for over eight years. During this time, we have grown our small groups from the 30s to now 125+ and we’ve added an additional campus. At each measurable season of growth, the importance of delegating care has been increased. In this time we’ve watched other ministries, studied our wins… [ Read More ]

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3 Ideas to Help you Care for your Leaders

My husband and I recently travelled from Australia to New York, while we were there we visited the 9/11 Memorial Site. It was a very moving experience for us, however amidst the sadness I heard this story; “A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks… [ Read More ]

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7 Ways to Care for your Ministry that Require Zero Talent

Each Small Group Semester brings a different set off challenges and goals I look to strive for. I will aways set a new numerical goal for groups, next steps emphasis and I always look for a few areas that need improvement within my role. It seemed that almost every semester I circled “better care” for… [ Read More ]

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3 Ways to Grow Through a Crisis

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b Make a list of the top 3 times of growth in your life. Odds are quite high that 1, 2, or 3 of them were “troublesome” times. Maybe you brought the trouble on yourself by going to graduate… [ Read More ]

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Look Up, Look In, Look Out

About two years ago, I began to wrestle internally with what was going on within my life and ministry. I didn’t feel particularly close to God, His calling on my life, and even my relationships were starting to pay the price. I felt as if I had grown into a stagnant relationship. I knew I… [ Read More ]

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Do Your Leaders Have the Gratitude Attitude?

I was speaking to a friend recently about a particularly hard time in his life. Work was a mess, there were family curve balls, and he had some friends who betrayed him. There was almost nothing left to go wrong. Until that final thing went wrong. “I was turning into a cranky old man that… [ Read More ]

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4 Ways to Incorporate ‘Care’ into Small Groups

#1 Make it Simple Caring is all about making the ‘other’ our focus so caring for group members does not need to be complicated. Sometimes it is the little, simple things which can make a huge difference. Sending a text message or making a phone call just to say hi or to follow-up a prayer… [ Read More ]

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