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Why Small Groups Don’t Work

It seems like many people are jumping into the blog world to announce that their experience reveals why small groups don’t work in America.

Legalism and 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.

The Absolute Best Small Group Bible Study Discussion Questions

Looking for the absolute small group bible study discussion questions? One of the greatest skills that you need to run a good Bible study is the instinct to craft good questions. Here's the very best one . . .

5 Small Group Questions to Ask for the New Year

Follow Einstein's advice in figuring out the right questions to ask before tackling problems. Here is my best shot at five small group questions to ask as 2022 begins!

5 Tips for Facilitating Small Groups Effectively

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.

7 Small Group Leader Appreciation Ideas That Will Make a Difference

Here, from some of the most noted authorities on small groups, is a treasure-trove of small group leader appreciation ideas.

6 Small Group Meeting Places Outside of a Home

If the objective is to encourage people to attend and participate, other site choices might be necessary. Don’t let the lack of a home to meet in discourage you from leading a small group. Find out more about some alternatives for small group meeting places?

4 Reasons Why Every Pastor Should Lead a Small Group

No matter what role I have been in, I almost always lead a small group—sometimes more than one group. I think every pastor should lead a small group. Here's why.

Christmas Fellowship Ideas for Your Small Group

What better time of year to engage your small group in meaningful—and fun—Christmas fellowship? You might even find that people who aren't normally involved in your church could be open to Christmas fellowship ideas and service opportunities through your small group.

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.

God Spoke to Me – And Led Me from Illinois to Africa

God spoke to me over a period of ten years and led me from Illinois to Africa, and from small groups in the United States to small groups around the world.

The Early Church and Small Groups

What does Scripture say about the early church and small groups? Imagine living in the days of the first-century church.

Foundations of the Cell Church Movement

As I’ve studied, practiced, and reflected on the cell church over the last few years, I’ve concluded that the cell church is all about developing and releasing leaders to reap the harvest.

The Small Group Bump of 2021: Growth, With the Promise of More

The predicted Small Group Boom of 2021 ended up being more of a Small Group Bump, but it was a significant bump. These churches ended up with more small groups than they ever had and more people in groups than ever.

Gospel-Centered Communities or Christian Social Clubs?

In the midst of something you and others enjoy, there is the potential that your group could be missing the most important aspect of community life—the gospel!

Jim, You Think Too Much and You Don’t Pray Enough

Five years ago today I heard a still small voice that totally changed the direction of my life. It’s funny, I can tell you!

Effective Cell Group Lessons You Can Use

My role is to make sure everyone in the group is participating and becoming a disciple in the process. Cell group lessons must support this goal.

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.

Why Confidentiality Matters in Small Groups

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

A 3-Step Plan for Mobilizing Your Small Group Outreach

Small group outreach is essential to the health of your church. Here's a 3-step plan for how to mobilize your small groups for the mission.

‘My God Is an Awesome God’: Former Satanist Comes to Jesus

This past weekend, an unlikely convert’s story of coming to faith in Jesus went viral on Facebook. Carl Sartor, 35, shared about how he went from being a Satanist for five years to being baptized this past November. 

Mike Cosper: What ‘The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill’ Means...

Mike Cosper joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share his experience creating the "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" and his thoughts on what church leaders should take away from the series.

Articles for Small Group Leaders