Building Authentic Relationships: 4 Small Group Tips from 1 Thessalonians

Every disciple is called to make more disciples, and small groups are in the trenches of discipleship making. Small groups are fantastic places to learn, but more importantly, they are the best place to build authentic relationships and learn together. Creating an environment that elevates authentic relationships is a challenge, but a great example can… [ Read More ]

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Downloadable Resources to Help Start Your Church’s Small Groups

If you are a new Small Group Point Person or your time and resources are limited in leading groups, this post is especially for you. One of my favorite parts of the Small Group Network is the eagerness to share knowledge, experience and resources with other Small Group Point People in order for all to succeed…. [ Read More ]

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5 Ways to Help Your Small Groups Have More Fun

Are you a small group point person who is trying to empower small group leaders to have more fun in their groups? Need to help group leaders create a welcoming and fun environment to increase connection between people? Here are 5 Ways to Help Your Small Groups Have More Fun: Bring Something With You A… [ Read More ]

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The 2 Main Questions a Group Leader is Always Asking

The people we lead have big jobs to do. No matter how accessible we make the role of a group leader or host, at some point, everyone realizes that serving others gets complex. Just think about all the questions that run through a group leader’s mind as they try to lead and care for the… [ Read More ]

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Lead from Authoritative Vulnerability

I continue to reflect on Priya Parker’s excellent book, The Art of Gathering. In my last post, I talked about her principle that gathering is about people not just a checklist of logistics. But once we have the people in our midst, how do we lead? Parker suggests that the best hosts lead from a… [ Read More ]

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C.O.A.C.H. [5 Big Ideas in Coaching Coaches]

Q What does it mean to be a coach? Let’s take a look at what the valuable role of a small group coach is and what actually happens when they invest in the life of a small group leader. I would not be writing to you today if someone had not noticed something in me, and… [ Read More ]

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T.E.A.M. [The 4 Attributes of a Small Group Leader]

Leadership development is hard; both in business and in churches. Small group point people across the country are struggling with the same question, “how do I find more leaders?” As our church grows, the need for more groups and group leaders grow as well. It’s easy to simply fill the gap with anyone we can… [ Read More ]

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4 Shared Best Practices of Recruiting Small Group Leaders

I was so fortunate to attend the Small Group Network (SGN) “Lobby Gathering” this past March.  Being together and talking with other small group leaders who get the joy and challenge of creating, encouraging, building and leading small groups on a church campus speaks my love language…connecting people. If you have not been to the… [ Read More ]

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Community For Our Military

One of the things I am thankful for in my life is my time in the US Coast Guard. I spent eight years in the military and about seven of them on different ships at sea. I learned sooo many different skills and life lessons in those years. One of the most valuable lessons I… [ Read More ]

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5 Keys to Building a Solid Foundation for Your Small Group Ministry

I have displayed on my office whiteboard, “Vision without implementation equals hallucination.” I believe in vision, and you’ll hear me talk quite a bit about it in this book. If you don’t have a plan for implementing your vision, you are wasting your time. Success involves the management of ideas. Ideas can provide wonderful breakthroughs… [ Read More ]

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