Articles for Small Group Leaders

Articles for Small Group Leaders

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The One Question We Would Have for Jesus

If you could ask Jesus anything, what would it be? Larry King said “I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”
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C.S. Lewis Quotes on Relationships

I find these C.S. Lewis quotes so helpful when applied to how I think about relationships, which can often be difficult, messy affairs.
Legalism and Consistent Spiritual Habits: Not the Same

Legalism and Consistent Spiritual Habits: Not the Same

"I believe many followers of Jesus mistakenly lump a commitment to consistent spiritual disciplines into the pejorative pool of legalism."
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The Power of an Apology

Do you know how to apologize? The words you say, and how and when you say them, matter a great deal. Here's a quick primer on giving an appropriate apology.
Summer and Small Groups: 4 Keys to Family Connections

Summer and Small Groups: 4 Keys to Family Connections

When it comes to summer and small groups, what's the best approach?
Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

If we’re not looking for long-term members and Bible scholars, who makes the best small group hosts?
Infrequent Church Attendance: How to Measure Your Church's True Size

Infrequent Church Attendance: How to Measure Your Church’s True 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?
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4 Reasons the Wilderness Experience Is Not a Waste

The wilderness experience pushes us to the edge of despair and giving up. We feel our limits, insufficiency and inability to deliver ourselves.
Avoid This Small Group Transparency Killer

Avoid This Small Group Transparency Killer

Perhaps the number one destroyer of transparency is asking questions that are closed-ended and don’t allow people to share.
The 8 Qualities Every Small Group Leader Needs

The 8 Qualities Every Small Group Leader Needs

The best Can-Do leaders share eight qualities that keep them from getting stuck.
The Early Church and Small Groups

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.
Why A Little Leadership Chaos Is Good Sometimes

Why a Little Leadership Chaos Is Good Sometimes

Sometimes a little leadership chaos and confusion prevailing can be a good thing.
Why the Hardest Work is Heart Work

Why the Hardest Work Is Heart Work

Heart work—the work of developing yourself—is actually the hardest work you’ll ever do. And it’s also the most rewarding.
Jesus Community

Jesus Community: The Goal of Every Church and Small Group

"Just as Jesus led his followers down an alternative path that no one expected, the Spirit of Jesus wants to do the same today."
Awkward Silence: Why Small Group Leaders Need to Get Used to It

Awkward Silence: Why Small Group Leaders Need to Get Used to It

What is one of the most difficult skills for new small group leaders to learn and do? It’s allowing awkward silence to remain in the middle of a discussion.
5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves

5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves

I’ve noticed that there is a short list of small group ministry moves that can be toxic. They often seem harmless. They don’t look dangerous. But they can cause great damage.
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How to Deal with a Small Group Discussion Dominator

Discussion dominators tend to speak first, with much authority, and sometimes can be so intimidating that others do not participate and instead take a back seat.
What are the Next Steps of Discipleship in Small Groups?

What Are the Next Steps of Discipleship in Small Groups?

Develop your vision for next steps of discipleship in your small groups through this simple framework.
How to Launch Small Groups in Small Churches

How to Launch Small Groups in Small Churches

When it comes to launching small groups in small churches, there aren’t many great models.
introverts in small groups

7 Reasons the Introvert in Your Small Group Isn’t Talking

Why don't introverts in small groups talk...even after being in the group for a while? There are some good reasons why, even if they don't come right out and tell you!
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