"Sometimes in our zeal of connecting people into community, we overreach and make unrealistic promises about small groups."
"No, I’ve never seen a group pull out a golden calf, but man-made objects are not the only false gods people and groups bow down to."
Here are 12 ideas for how your small group can get the most—and give the most—this Christmas.
"Choosing the right study is important because the topic often determines who will say “yes” to joining the group."
Our motto was, “This one thing we do!” With no apologies, we focused on equipping every home cell to become harvest-focused.
"I always found it important to spend one small-group meeting just before Christmas celebrating together."
"No one fits neatly into any one of these categories."
While some leaders quit for good reasons, most quit for reasons that are completely avoidable.
Does your group take prayer requests and then pray them back to God as if He isn’t present?
We are, as one lady from Pennsylvania said to me, “God’s Spoiled Brats.”
"If sin goes un-confronted, the community can self-destruct because the community loses the commitment to the values and beliefs that make her distinct."
Here’s my take: Your group should be a great place to discuss politics IF you handle it well.
"Effective leaders are led and guided by the Holy Spirit. They allow the Spirit of God to guide them to lead the meeting."
“Christianity was made to work in the context of community.”
"Not only should introverts be involved in small groups, they're an incredible asset to your group."
"If you didn’t know what growth looks like, you might mistake it for complete destruction,” Ann Voskamp says.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
Grace is always needed. Never earned. Paid for already.
Instead of using a job description to hire a small group pastor, Mark Howell would try to figure out the habits and patterns that make for the ideal candidate.
Engaging the Lead Pastor is more of an art than a science, because the Lead Pastor has many demands on their schedule that no other staff or leader has.