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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.

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.
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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.

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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When Should Small Groups Meet in Person?

The issue of COVID-19 has not been solved. In fact, several states are now reporting more cases of Coronavirus than ever before. Just when you thought it was safe for groups to meet in person, the pandemic seems to be flaring up again in many places.

8 Pitfalls Small Groups Should Avoid

Small groups are supposed to help people know, show, and share the gospel of Jesus.  However, no small group does this perfectly 100% of the time.  Pitfalls, errors, and distractions happen because we are, by nature, sinful creatures.
Online Small Group Discussion Template

Online Small Group Discussion Template

While many aspects of facilitating a small group will be transferable to the online interface, I would recommend tweaking the format from a traditional small group discussion.
The Chocolate Hummus of Ministries Got Left Behind

The Chocolate Hummus of Ministries Left Behind

After pandemic in churches, some things got left behind. In a recent survey of churches across North America, pastors reported not only what they stopped doing, but also what they’re not bringing back.
6 Ways to Boost Discussion in Your Online Group

6 Ways to Boost Discussion in Your Online Group

Your group members may not have fully adjusted to this new virtual environment, but you can have great discussion if you boost discussion. Here are 4 ways to boost discussion in your online group.
How Saddleback Started 3,000 Groups During COVID-19

How Saddleback Started 3,000 Groups During COVID-19

Rick Warren recently preached a sermon where he mentioned that Saddleback has added 3,000 groups during Covid-19. Saddleback started the year with around 6,000 groups. They now have about 9,000 groups. Wow.
12 Things Not to Say in a Small Group

12 Things Not to Say in a Small Group

I have witnessed these statements wreck the kind of community we’re all striving for in leading a small group.
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Keep People Engaged Online – What’s the Secret?

One question I keep hearing is “How do we keep people engaged online?” The assumption here is that because we’re all stuck at home—and...
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10 Reasons Ministry Isn’t for Wimps

Pastoral care ministry isn't for wimps...so if you still want to be a pastor after reading this, then God has probably called you to shepherd a church!
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10 Best Icebreaker Questions—Great For Christian Small Groups

"Here are my 10 current favorite small group icebreaker questions."
Small Group Leader, You Are a Pastor

Small Group Leader, You Are a Pastor

If you are a small group leader, I have an announcement for you: YOU ARE A PASTOR. In fact, most of the pastors in the early centuries of the church did the same stuff you do as a small group leader.

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