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Living Under the Law and Looking Foolish

I really don’t need any help looking foolish. I mastered the skill of looking foolish long ago and continue to refine it with each and every opportunity.

15 Christmas Ideas for Small Groups

If you’re one of the groups that’s meeting throughout the month of December, you may be wondering what you can do for Christmas ideas for small groups that’s a little outside of the norm.

Why Become a Disciple-Making Small Group Church?

One of the most tragic realities in the present day church is that she is void of the leaders necessary to accomplish the vision the senior pastor has been given. A disciple-making church produces leaders who produce leaders.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time . . . for Small Groups!

Practice these three steps, add some of your own, and you'll enjoy the most wonderful time with a merry small group.

What It Means to Say I’m Praying for You

How often do you say these words, and what does it mean to say, I’m praying for you? I’d like to suggest that at the heart of praying for others is the word friendship—friendship with people, and friendship with God.

9 Tools for Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study

Life-changing Bible study: Having the right tools available can open a conversation around God’s Word that will eventually lead to discipleship.

Small Group Purposes During the Holidays

December can be a month full of meaningful celebrations, worship, service, learning, and outreach. Below are 5 ways fulfill your small group purposes together during the holiday months, despite busy schedules.

Assumptions About Introverts in Small Groups

I’ve written before about the assumptions about introverts before and how I adapt with it as a pastor. What surprises me, however, is how misunderstood introverts are sometimes.

Does God Have Favorites?

We all have favorites. But does God have favorites? I don't think so. God doesn’t see anyone of us as more deserving of his love.

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 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.

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.

3 Steps to Good Communication

It certainly looks like everyone is talking but very few are trying to communicate or listen. If only there were 3 steps to good communication. But wait--perhaps there are!

Why Small Groups Need Effective Bible Teachers

Effective Bible Teachers result in classes that pray, people who serve, and individuals who read their Bibles and follow what it says.

The Joy of Small Groups

A right-brain oriented small group ministry opts to have their groups meet and seek fellowship with one another and explore curriculum through the context of relationships that bring the joy of small groups.

What Is a Right Number of Groups in a Healthy Church?

You work hard in your small group ministry. It’s great to know how well you’re doing, right? So, what is a healthy number of groups for a healthy church?

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.

We All Need Grace and Peace

Grace and peace are two of those words that get thrown around a lot, but few people really get what they mean.

The Power of Vision

What inspires a leader to give his or her life to a particular goal? The power of vision is what makes a leader great. In fact, visionless leaders aren't leaders at all—they're managers.

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.

Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin, Part 2: How To Embrace God’s...

Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin wrap up their conversation on “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast,” offering pastors ways to help guard against the misuse of power in ministry and encouraging them to persevere. 

Articles for Small Group Leaders