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Ten Christmas Songs For Ten Christmas Prayers

With only two weeks left until Christmas, here are ten Christmas songs linked to ten prayers to take you, and those you lead, on a more profound journey this Christmas season.

Spirit of Legalism or Consistent Spiritual Habits? Not the Same!

I believe many followers of Jesus mistakenly lump a commitment to consistent spiritual habits into the pejorative pool of legalism.

C.S. Lewis Speaks to Small Groups

There is an overlooked insight into small groups that C.S. Lewis desperately wants us to get.

Three Reasons Small Group Christmas Parties Fail

A few things that cause Small Group Christmas parties to fail. Avoid them if at all possible.

12 Ideas for a Life-Changing Small Group Christmas

Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group. Here are 12 ideas for a life-changing small group Christmas.

How to Really Measure Church Size

"On any given Sunday, 80 percent are regular attendees and 20 percent are non-regular attendees." So what does infrequent church attendance mean for discipleship?

The Connection Between Small Groups and Mental Health for Men

We’re all social creatures and when a man sees other men actively enjoying a purpose, respect from others, a sense of accomplishment and, yes, even good food, it will draw others in like a moth to a flame--and small groups and mental health will flourish.

Why Do We Need a Small Group Agreement?

For whatever reason they joined or what they expect, the key to successful group life is a thoroughly-discussed and well-articulated group agreement.

52 Church Small Group Ideas to Encourage Fellowship

Here's a list of 52 fellowship activities that groups in my church have used through the years. This list is meant to serve as an idea starter for your group so you can come up with your own activities and plans for implementing them. The key is to do it together.

I Hate Small Group Ministry – Don’t You?

It's not easy to admit I hate small group ministry in a forum like this, but I want to peel back the curtain and get real with you: days or weeks will come where you feel this way.

Survey: The Powers and Pitfalls of Small Group Models

The 21st century church is confronted with a plethora of different small group models. Some of the most popular models at the moment fundamentally contradict each other.

Why Confidentiality Matters in Small Groups

How can you set up a safe environment that incorporates confidentiality? Consider following these five tips.

Three Ways to Make the Local Church Feel More Like a Family

Three simple things your church can do to feel more like a loving family and less like a stuffy institution.

Lessons From Narnia for Small Group Leaders

There is an overlooked insight into Small Groups that C. S. Lewis desperately wants us to get. And there are lessons from Narnia to teach us about small groups.

Spiritual Warfare and Small Groups

Spiritual Warfare and Small Groups: church leaders — including small group leaders — are on the front lines of the battle, where the smell of smoke, sweat, and blood always hangs in the air.

6 Strategic Discipleship Initiatives

We are working hard to provide elements at our church that raise people to be spiritually mature adults. We call these elements discipleship initiatives.

9 Tools for Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study

Life-changing Bible study: Having the right tools available can open a conversation around God’s Word that will eventually lead to discipleship.

Free eBook: 40 Icebreakers for Small Groups

These small group icebreakers are broken into two different sections: Getting to know you activities and group builders.

Hesed Attachment: Covenant-like Love in Small Groups

So important is the concept of hesed love for Wilder and Hendricks that they claim that “until we restore our loving attachments to God and each other, we are wasting our time doing ministry, church, or anything else for that matter.”

CHECKLIST: A 10-Point Small Group Evaluation Form

Getting ready for the next leg in your small group ministry adventure?  Maybe it’s time you took your ministry through my signature 10 point small group evaluation form.

Josh Butler Addresses Criticisms of His TGC Article About ‘God’s Vision...

Josh Butler, who was at the center of an online tempest earlier this month because of an article he wrote for The Gospel Coalition, appeared on Preston Sprinkle’s Theology in the Raw podcast Monday to explain what he was trying to communicate in his article and to address the pushback against it.

Sean Nemecek on the ‘Long, Slow Slide’ Into Burnout and How...

Sean Nemecek joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to discuss the warning signs that church leaders are burning out, how they can become healthy again, and the steps they can take to avoid burnout in the first place.

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