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The Essential Small Church (7 Reasons We’re Needed)

Churches of all sizes have an important role to play. But small churches often get fewer resources and less attention than our large church counterparts, so it’s important to be reminded why small churches are just as vital to the body of Christ as big churches are.
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7 Questions to Find the Purpose of Small Groups

There are lots of great resources out there for why small groups are important and why you need to be in one. Your church’s purpose for small groups is great place to start.
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5 Tips to Facilitating an Effective Small Group Discussion

Small group discussion is so important, and really is the place where the Word can be applied as much as any other time. Generating discussion is tough for leaders, but is extremely important to having an effective small group discussion.
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2020 – Your Year of Opportunity?

Don’t waste the opportunity of 2020. Don’t sit around waiting for things to get back to normal. Normal is gone. Normal isn’t coming back. Embrace the disruption of 2020. The field is plowed. It’s time to plant.
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8 Practices to Help Small Group Newcomers Feel Like They Belong

There are things that you can do as the small group leader to help ease any tension newcomers may be feeling and help them feel more ‘at home’ whether your group meets in-person or online.
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The 59 ‘One Another’ Statements in the Bible

There are 59 “ one another ” statements in the New Testament. That’s right, 59. That’s just under 60 exhortations in Scripture to actually “do” something toward another person.
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7 Ways to Keep Politics From Blowing Up Your Small Group

How can you lead and teach your group, guide them well, and manage the political conversations you know are going to come up between now and the next presidential election?
Glossophobia, Groups, and Ground Rules

Glossophobia, Groups, and Ground Rules

our group Bible study should be a place of safety for all, so here are some guidelines that might help you serve the people in your group who struggle with glossophobia.
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When Someone in Your Small Group Loses a Loved One

Death is not a fun topic, it is always unwelcome, even if it is expected, even if the person is better off, no one wants to experience the death of a loved one.
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5 Signs You’re a Leader Who Talks Too Much

Unfortunately, leaders can talk too much, not necessarily by monopolizing conversations, but by giving too many answers. So, how do you know if you are a leader who talks too much and what can we do to stop?
is porn adultery

Is Pornography Adultery?

In recovery, folks say, “We’re only as sick as our secrets.” Porn is the sickest of the secrets.
4 Reasons Why Praying Small Group Leaders Have Faster Growing Groups

4 Reasons Why Praying Leaders Have Faster Growing Groups

One of the most significant findings from my research involving over 4,000 leaders is that praying small group leaders have faster-growing groups.
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Why Are People Ghosting Online Small Groups?

People are ghosting online small groups in an alarming rate. Here’s the reason why people are ghosting online small groups.
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5 Things COVID-19 Is Teaching Us About Sunday School

It may seem hard to fathom, but a microscopic virus is doing some good things in the church’s most important ministry – Sunday school.
Online small groups

The Benefits of Online Small Groups

Whether an online small group is a necessity or an opportunity for you, you will discover a new way to serve others and to grow with your online group. Online small groups are not perfect, but then again, no small group is perfect – online or offline.
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The Role of Small Groups in Church History

Scott Boren contextualizes the development of small groups throughout four eras of the church and what it means for present-day ministry.
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The One Type of Question That Boosts Discussion in Your Small Group

A well-placed follow up question will boost discussion in your group to new levels. It also has the potential to help your group members evaluate their thinking.
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3 Ways to Use Zoom Breakout Rooms in Your Bible Study

Now that groups have discovered the ease of using an online meeting tool such as Zoom, it may be time to take advantage of a neat feature: using breakout rooms.
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Principle-Centered Teaching Can Change Your Group

In his book Letters to Timothy, John Bisagno communicated a truth he’d learned over the years:  “I consider this to be a very important part of my preaching ministry…I consider it to be simple but profound: the outline should consist of principles, not points."

Microsoft Teams: Safe, Secure, and Strong

You have access to an incredibly powerful tool called Microsoft Teams. Odds are you’ve had access for a while and just didn’t know it.
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