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4 Reasons Why Every Pastor Should Lead a Small Group

No matter what role I have been in, I almost always lead a small group—sometimes more than one group. I think every pastor should lead a small group. Here's why.

Who Do You Trust in Your Small Group?

Trust is seen so rarely these days that you can almost think of it as an endangered species. Let's start with: Who Do You Trust?

4 Great Questions to Engage Your Small Group Bible Study

The most common mistake that group leaders at a small group bible study make is to ask too many questions. If you ask too many questions, you don’t delve deeply into any of them and the same two or three people answer the questions again and again.

5 Signs You’re a Leader Who Talks Too Much

Unfortunately, leaders can talk too much, not necessarily by monopolizing conversations, but by giving too many answers. So, how do you know if you are a leader who talks too much and what can we do to stop?

The Essential Small Church (7 Reasons We’re Needed)

Churches of all sizes have an important role to play. But small churches often get fewer resources and less attention than our large church counterparts, so it’s important to be reminded why small churches are just as vital to the body of Christ as big churches are.

6 Habits of a Healthy Group Leader

By developing these habits, any healthy group leader can lead a group to grow and multiply.

Transformational Change and Your Small Group’s “Brain”

If our relational life is what accelerates our ability to have transformational change and character growth, then does our church’s prioritization of its small group ministry reflect this?

59 Times “One Another” is Used in the New Testament

There are 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament. That’s right, 59. That’s just under 60 exhortations in Scripture to actually “do” something toward another person.

12 Things Not to Say in a Small Group

I have witnessed these statements wreck the kind of community we’re all striving for in leading a small group.

6 Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

What kind of people make the best small group hosts?

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!

Learning by Doing in Groups

What does it mean to learn? Is it merely an acquisition of more facts? Or is it taking those facts and putting them into practice? Meetings are not the only place for groups to learn. Often lessons are better when learning by doing.

How to Read the Room as a Small Group Leader

It is vital to remember that God is speaking to everyone in our small groups, and that sometimes with everything else we focus on as leaders, we may be the last to notice.

Handling Controversial Issues in Groups

These thoughts on handling controversial issues are not license to stir up every possible issue. This is also not reason to turn group meetings into a circus. But, if an issue is important to a group member, then it’s important to discover the reason why.

4 Tell-Tale Signs Your Small Group System Is Broken

If your total number of groups isn’t growing, it’s a tell-tale sign something is broken. Even if your church’s attendance is flatlined, a growing total number of groups is an indication of a healthy small group system.

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.

How to Lead a Dynamic Cell Meeting

Getting people to come back to a cell meeting should never be the principal motivation. A much purer motivation is making sure each member is ministered to and transformed during the process.

7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship

"I wish I could go back in time and pull words out of the ears of my wife, children and friends, but in that moment, I was blind."

The Antidote to Anxiety During Troubled Times

They are understandably shaken, afraid, anxious, upset, and troubled. What antidote will Jesus offer to cure that anxiety during their troubled times?

The Presence of God When Two or More Are Gathered

Biblical community grows stronger when we help those gathered with us to focus on the awesome reality of the presence of God in our midst.

‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High?’ Oakland Church Sues Police...

Zide Door in Oakland is suing police and the city over a raid of their facility, in which authorities confiscated $200,000 of cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms. Zide Door distributes the drugs to church members. 

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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