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If You’ve Decided It’s Time to Reboot Your Church Small Groups . . .

With the gradual re-opening in a post-Covid world, If you decide to do a reboot, then what types of church small group program should you consider?
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12 Vital Reasons Each of Us Should Be Part of a Church

We can and should worship and love Jesus individually. But we should also worship, pursue God's word and love him with others. In fact, it is essential and vital to our spiritual lives and health as believers.
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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.

Technology in Small Groups – Is Google Attending Your Meeting?

Voice assistants can help with researching topics or getting definitions of words, record lists and notes, or even read Bible passages for the group. But there is also a downside to using this kind of technology in small groups.
The Absolute Best Discussion Question You Can Ask in Small Group

The Absolute Best Small Group Bible Study Discussion Questions

Looking for the absolute small group bible study discussion questions? One of the greatest skills that you need to run a good Bible study is the instinct to craft good questions. Here's the very best one . . .
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7 Small Group Leader Appreciation Ideas That Will Make a Difference

Here, from some of the most noted authorities on small groups, is a treasure-trove of small group leader appreciation ideas:

How Can You Develop More Women Small-Group Pastors?

We unintentionally silence all the women in our churches when we fail to put women in leadership roles. What can be done to develop women small-group pastors?
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3 Huge Ways I Whiffed on the Pandemic

Trial is often another word for opportunity. We are tried to find out what we are made of. We may be revealed to be...
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8 Practical Ways to Encourage Others in Your Small Group

We need people who speak hope and build confidence into our lives so that we can consistently live in a manner that’s worthy of the Gospel of Christ. This is why God commands us to encourage others and build each other up.
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7 Tips for Leading Worship in Small Groups

The two most significant barriers to having meaningful worship in small groups are musical leadership and the misconception that worship is synonymous with music.
10 Traits of a Healthy Small Group Ministry

3 Reasons I Love My Small Group

I love my small group. I’m not just saying that because I’m the pastor and I’m supposed to.
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The Post-Pandemic Small Groups Boom Is on the Way!

Are you ready? How will you make the most of this opportunity growing out of the small groups boom? This is not the time for business as usual.

Ron Edmondson – 7 Thoughts About Introverts

If you give introverts advance warning, we can often better prepare for conversation. We can gear up for it. Introversion impacts how we relate to others—not how we feel about them.
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The Danger of Half a Small Group Strategy

The small group in a box seemed like a good idea. The small group director secured the topic from the pastor and the logo...
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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.
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5 Signs You Lack Integrity

Integrity is something we all desire, but how do you know if you have it? Equally important: how do you know if you lack integrity?And what exactly is it anyway?
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6 Goals of an Effective Small Group Ministry

Key foundational principles that we will live by as we craft the DNA of our church’s community life.

4 Ways Confrontation Must Happen in Christian Community

The best confrontation results in people knowing they are loved, knowing that the best is desired for them, and knowing that the relationship can be stronger moving forward.
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Evaluate Your Small Group With These 35 Great Questions

I recently asked for suggestions for good questions group leaders could use to evaluate your small group. Boy, did I get some great ideas!
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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.

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