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It’s Noisy Out There: Why We Need Intergenerational Community

Our kids are being raised in a time where, if left to their own devices, they would rarely interact with generations beyond theirs. The noise is deafening. And the need for intergenerational community is great.

You Can Overcome Prayerlessness – How to Pray When You Don’t Want to Pray

Ever wonder how to overcome prayerlessness? Oddly enough, many people struggle with learning about prayer because they are focusing on praying, not on God. But prayer is all about relationship.
You Don’t Understand the First Thing About Discipleship

You Don’t Understand the First Thing About Discipleship

Discipleship ideally does not follow evangelism. Discipleship actually begins before someone’s coming to Christ.
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How 5G Phones Will Impact Small Group Discipleship

Moving to the next generation of small group discipleship certainly accelerates speed, but there’s something else even more important.
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Are You Asking Your Small Group Great Questions Like Jesus Asked His?

We have 100 examples of Jesus asking great questions. It raises the question. Why did Jesus ask so many questions?
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How to Grow Small Groups – 5 Paradigm Shifts

While the phrase “Paradigm Shift” may be used and heard a lot today, the actual occurrence of one is still a rare sight, especially when considering how to grow small groups.
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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.
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Online Community Engagement – What’s the Secret?

You want your worship services to encourage online community engagement? Stop pretending everything is normal. Adapt your service to the changing needs of your people.
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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.
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Summer Fellowship Is Strengthed in Small Groups

Many small groups tend to “take a break” for the summer, meeting for times of summer fellowship and fun. Why not encourage your small group members to make it a “Summer of Purpose?”
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Is a Small Group Meeting Biblical?

Where in the Bible are small group meetings?
Is My Church a Cult

Is My Church a Cult ?

At one point the pressing concerns of a close friend of mine caused me to pause and consider: is my church a cult?

Good and Bad Reasons for Taking Small Group Attendance

A debate runs between small group pastors and sometimes senior pastors about whether to keep small group attendance and why. Allen White explains why this type of recordkeeping might be good ... and a bad idea.
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7 Questions for Starting (or Restarting) a Small Group Ministry

Starting or restarting a small group ministry requires more than just copying another church’s small group model wholesale.
Joys of Small Groups

3 Reasons to Experience the Joys of Small Groups

Within minutes of the group starting, I’m overwhelmed by the joys of smalls groups; not by the stress of another activity on the schedule, but by the sheer blessing of redemptive relationships.

Post Traumatic Church Disorder: 12 Symptoms and 5 Treatments

Just below the surface, it affects daily interactions, vision casting and strategic planning. It affects how we relate to God and how we relate to others. I call it Post Traumatic Church Disorder.

Accountability for Young Men, Otherwise Known as ‘Fight Club Part 2’

Get ready for 'Fight Club Part 2' small group ideas for men — and it's all about accountability.

Ron Edmondson: My Tribute to Small Group Ministry

The best life, community and spiritual growth happened at Grace Community Church within the context of our small group ministry.
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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.
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Discipleship of Young Men, Otherwise Known as ‘Fight Club’

When it comes to discipleship of young men, your approach is everything. Preaching is the air assault; discipleship is the ground war. Pastors need to get in the trenches with their people and marshal the fight against sin.

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