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The Irresistable Power of Small Group Prayer

When it comes to group building and group leader building, small group prayer is an often overlooked tool. Everyone knows praying is an integral part of groups, but it can often become an afterthought, instead of a leading effort.

Small Group Quotes That Motivate … In Less Than 280 Characters

On an almost daily basis I will tweet as many as five statements that pop into my head. Some of them are about leadership but most of them are small group quotes

How to Vent (Safely) in a Small Group

This side of eternity, people are going to vent. Here a four tips on how to vent safely and unload stresses and frustrations without hurting yourself, others, and your God.

3 Times Jesus Modeled How to Treat Sinners

"We need both gentleness and holy truth."

7 Ways to Respond to Negative People in Church

Dealing with negative people in church has been a huge part of my work. I talk with pastors every week who tell me they have large groups of people who are always negative about something they are doing.

How Small Groups Can Help in a Time of Grief

Rick Warren went into a detailed description of his son’s death. He told how his small group supported him in the most difficult chapter of his life. There are lessons here about how your small group can help in a time of grief.

8 Icebreakers for Church Meetings

How can you, as a leader, be proactive and set the tone for an engaging meeting? You need icebreakers for online groups. Here are four icebreaker questions and four icebreaker games to get everyone settled in for a great online gathering.

7 Ways Extroverts Can Better Engage Introverts

There is often confusion surrounding introverts—here are 7 simple steps for ways to engage introverts.

How to Avoid the Spiritual Growth ‘Trap’

A small group can be a place for spiritual growth and responsibility, yet even though self-discipline has great power, it comes at the risk of locating the source of that power in us instead of the grace of God.

Healthy Correction in Small Groups

Healthy correction will sustain a church community and where it will allow relationships to thrive within a small group ministry.

Spiritual Maturity: 5 Signs You DON’T Have It

Often what we call spiritual maturity … isn't. In fact, at least five of the common claims we make about having spiritual maturity actually show we lack it.

The Secret of Gentle Confrontation

Too many Christians are scared to say something. They don’t want to do the work of keeping a brother or sister accountable. Too many Christians are cowardly when it comes to the vital task of gentle confrontation.

How to Build Sticky Small Groups

This is a very unique point in time to reach out as people are thinking about what’s important. To help them make wise decisions, and to thrive, you need to build sticky small groups.

Closing Prayers for Small Group Meetings

When it comes to prayers for small group meetings, what is the best way to close a group meeting in prayer?

The Impact of a Committed Church Small Group

John Stott wrote about the power of committed Christians as a group. It’s a great reminder that even as a minority in society, the impact of a church small group can be enormous.

Solving Problems Creatively for Your Small Group

Every problem has multiple potential solutions. Here are the best six steps to crack the code for solving problems creatively.

Closed Group vs Open Group – Which Is Best?

“How do you feel about closed or open groups?” This was a recent question I was asked by a church that was in the beginning stages of formulating their church-wide small group model. I smiled because this is a loaded question.

Small Group Pastor: You Don’t Have to Know Everything

You don’t have to know everything to be the best small group point person. Actually, it’s better for your small group leaders if you don’t.

Does God Call Leaders? Who Is Qualified?

How do we understand God's call to leadership? Have you heard the phrase, "God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called"? What exactly does that mean?

CPR for Small Groups (Cultural Popular References)

Do you and your small groups need CPR? Not the Cardiopulmonary resuscitation we’re familiar with, but CPR with the way you communicate: cultural popular references.

Brian Houston Asks for Prayers as Court Case Looms, Recently Preached...

Brian Houston, former global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, asked his 691,000 followers on Instagram for prayer yesterday (Sept. 27) in regards to his upcoming court case.

Jen Wilkin on the Biggest Obstacle Keeping People From Reading the...

Jen Wilkin joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain the challenges church leaders face with helping people engage the Bible, as well as some possible solutions.

Articles for Small Group Leaders