The most embarrassing gap in my leadership

I really didn’t want to write this article. But I know you can’t talk about spiritual health without talking about this topic. In the past, when I preached about it or wrote about it, I always felt a gnawing inadequacy. If you were to chart my ministry and spiritual journey, there would be large gaps… [ Read More ]

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What is your intended destination?

Recently, Steve Gladen, founder of the Small Group Network and the small groups pastor at Saddleback Church, sat down for an interview with Andrew Mason of SmallGroupChurches.net. Steve covers the basics of starting groups well, and focusing in on the intended destination you’re aiming at for your small groups. Enjoy! www.youtube.com/embed/j6eiwmZBKWI</a>” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

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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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