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Dinner Church, Anyone?

Gathering around a table, sharing a meal, worshiping and studying The Word. What could be better than dinner church?

How to Set Your Small Group Launch Up for Success

If your sermon series are aligned with a small group launch, then when do you recruit group leaders? And, when do you form groups?

35 Great Small Groups Questions to Evaluate Your Leadership

I recently asked for suggestions for good questions group leaders could use to evaluate your small group. Boy, did I get some great ideas!

5 Steps Toward Purposeful Communication

I’m sure you know people that are famous for being good communicators and listeners. After all, they can carry on a conversation with anyone....

5 Things to Do in January to Connect More People in the New Year

Take these steps in January at the start in order to connect more people in small groups throughout the year.

Top 10 Ideas for a First Small Group Meeting

Any time you’re starting a new small group, a great first meeting is very important.  I include these ideas on a simple handout inside every new leader packet.

5 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Small Group Leaders

Mike Mack provides some great Christmas gift ideas for your coaches and small group leaders this holiday season.

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.

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.

Jinger Duggar Vuolo Tells ChurchLeaders How She Rejected the Teachings of...

Jinger Duggar Vuolo wants people who have been manipulated by false teachers in the name of Christ to know that God is trustworthy and that he loves them. Vuolo shared with ChurchLeaders what it was like for her to question her upbringing, an experience she recounts in her newly released memoir.

Dallas Jenkins on Why ‘The Chosen’ Is Not ‘Adding to Scripture’

Dallas Jenkins joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain the principles that guide how “The Chosen” is created and why he believes “God has his hand” on the show.

Articles for Small Group Leaders