A Leader’s Prayer Life

You can learn a lot about a person by the kind of prayer he prays. Image credit: creative commons user picturesque_haven For instance, a selfish prayer indicates a selfish spirit. Have you ever heard a prayer that sounds like a Christmas list – I want this, and I want that? Some people try to impress… [ Read More ]

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Leading Worship For Small Groups

Over the years I have led worship for many small groups. I love it! Almost every small group I have led worship for has been grateful for the music as if they had a deep hunger to worship together in their intimate setting. One thing I have found in common with vibrant Small Groups is… [ Read More ]

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Is there a certain way for a leader to pray?

God is looking for people to use. He is looking for leaders. We’re looking for better methods, machinery and motivations. God says, “I’m looking for better people, people that I can use.” And for God to use the leaders, they must be men and women of God. We have a sample of a leader’s prayer… [ Read More ]

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THE small group book you need

The good news for you is that Steve Gladen wrote Small Groups With Purpose. The better news is that it’s on sale. Right now! This practical book walks you through the questions you need to answer to develop their own intentional small group strategy. Built around the most commonly asked questions, Small Groups with Purpose outlines the step-by-step process of… [ Read More ]

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Beware the seduction of ambition

image credit: Creative Commons user JapInTheGap Ambition is a double-edged sword. When it is God-directed and Spirit-managed, it can bear tremendous fruit. When it is restrained by humility, ambition can be a powerful motivator. But when it is hijacked by self and ego, it can leave a wake of destruction in its path. I have… [ Read More ]

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The Best Season of All

image credit: CreationSwap user Cameron Fries I inherited a church small-group ministry that insisted small groups break for the summer. But I am a huge fan of small groups meeting throughout the summer. Our policy now is that small groups can take a break anytime they want—for the entire summer, or even just a couple of weeks—but… [ Read More ]

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God’s strategy for your success, part 3

This is the third installment in a four part series. Today, I am going to look at another one of the principles of success. In the last two issues, I discussed the first three principles: 1. Be clear in your direction 2. Be confident in your desires 3. Be committed to your decision This month,… [ Read More ]

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The need for exponential faith thinking

As a proponent of church health and growth, I’ve come to believe in the necessity ofexponential faith-thinking. To explain this in very practical terms, consider adding a zero to every goal. Do you want to reach 1,000 for Christ in your community? Why not, in faith, set a goal to reach 10,000? Faith means setting… [ Read More ]

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What to Stop and Start in 2012

Stop ignoring the dysfunction Many churches and ministries suffer from I like to call “terminal niceness”.   We just aren’t very good at hard conversations.  For the most part we are polite, sensitive, and hate conflict.  So, we beat around the bush and make nice. One of the byproducts of our “terminal niceness” can be… [ Read More ]

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The “Share Your Faith” app

Sharing your faith isn’t easy. It’s hard to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Timing and location play a role. Information is crucial. Sharing the full Truth is key. And to top it all off…be yourself! Talk about a lot to remember! Take a look at the Share… [ Read More ]

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