The 5 Secrets of Highly Effective Leader Training – From Around the World (Part Deux)

We’ve been exploring the number one ministry challenge posed by leaders of small group ministries around the world, “How do I train our small group leaders so we get spiritually healthy small groups?” In this second in a five-part series we’ll look at another secret ingredient. 2.    Leaders are not born, they’re raised  Highly effective leader training raises… [ Read More ]

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Cheating Doesn’t Pay By Dave Alford

Another global automaker announced last week that it had been cheating on data provided to regulatory agencies. Mitsubishi reported that it had been overstating fuel mileage on its cars. Initially the company said that it had misreported mileage on 625,000 vehicles manufactured since 2013. Later it admitted that the problem had been going on much… [ Read More ]

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The 5 Secrets of Highly Effective Leader Training – From Around the World By Ron Wilbur

Recently I asked small group ministry leaders in five countries to share the most challenging issue facing their ministry this year. The most common response was the challenge of training leaders to get spiritually healthy small groups. In this five-part series we’ll uncover the secret sauce in highly effective small group leadership training, and some… [ Read More ]

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5 Tips for Effective Leadership Meetings By Andrew Camp

Gathering your group together can be hugely beneficial to inspire and allow leaders to connect with one another. But effective meetings do not emerge, but require forethought and planning. Here are 5 tips I have learned from planning meetings with my small group leaders. Plan, set, and communicate the date well in advance. If the… [ Read More ]

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Perfect Leadership by Dave Alford

THE THREE INGREDIENTS FOR PERFECT LEADERSHIP Perfect leadership? Is that even possible? Perhaps not, but wouldn’t it be great to at least know what it looks like? Then we’d have a target to shoot for. Well, as it turns out, the Bible’s storyline begins with perfect leadership. It’s what God provided to Adam and Eve… [ Read More ]

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Officer Clemmons By Dave Alford

National Public Radio’s StoryCorps segment caught my attention as I was driving to work this morning. It was an interview with Francois Clemmons who played the role of Officer Clemmons on the long-running children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (MRN). I rarely watched MRN as a kid so I wasn’t even aware that Clemmons was black…. [ Read More ]

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3 Powerful Sources of Leadership and How to Use Them By Dave Alford

One natural byproduct of the spiritual growth that people experience in small groups is a better understanding of who they are. They discover the uniqueness with which God made them, or their personhood. They discover the reason that God created them, or their purpose. They discover the definition of success in which they can invest… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership: “Learning” Part 2 By Dave Alford

Developing leaders for our ministries must begin with training our people to learn because learning provides the fuel for leadership. In my last post I described how this learning must be more than just head knowledge. It’s got to involve the heart, hands, and mouth as well. As we show people how to learn this… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership Part 1: “Learning” By Dave Alford

There’s an old adage that says that leaders are learners. That statement is particularly meaningful for followers of Christ because learning is absolutely at the center of our ability to lead effectively. Since leadership development is so important to our work in small group ministry, how can we help those we are developing to be effective… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership By Dave Alford

For those of us in group ministry, leadership development has got to be at or near the top our list of activities that are most vital to our success. A Google query on the topic of leadership yields over 454 million results meaning that there is so much information on the subject that it is… [ Read More ]

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