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7 Words of Encouragement for Leaders of Small Groups

For those small group pastors lacking the gift of encouragement, maybe some of these phrases are phrases you could speak to a small group leader.

3 Subtle Ways to Redirect Awkward Conversations

Knowing when to continue awkward conversations or to stop them (and what to say) requires the wisdom of God.

3 Times Jesus Modeled How To Treat Sinners

"We need both gentleness and holy truth."

The Meaning of Membership

The meaning of membership says that we “are” members of his body. Period. It’s a statement of fact. It’s true, so anything other than true is false. It’s something that we already are.

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.

The Secret of Gentle Confrontation

Too many Christians are scared to say something. They don’t want to do the work of keeping a brother or sister accountable. Too many Christians are cowardly when it comes to the vital task of gentle confrontation.

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.

5 Ways to Increase Small Group Size

Sometimes Christians hide, and that’s ok, but we don’t want them to stay hidden. Other times, they’re looking for you too. Here are five ways you can find new people to increase your small group size.

Don’t Give Up on Your Bible Study So Quickly

When something in God’s Word unsettles us we should not be quick to leave it for the more comfortable places. Yes, there may be times when we have to table some of our concerns and pick them up at a time when we’re in a healthier place.

Is a Small Group Meeting Biblical?

Small group meetings should be interactive times within the context of the Bible, prayer/worship and food (that’s right, FOOD is spiritual). A Sunday school class is a one-way monologue that has a different focus and value. Find out more about small groups here. #smallgroup #smallgroups #smallgroupsbiblical

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.

Are Your Words Wholesome – or Unwholesome? It Matters!

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Rick Warren: 4 Practical Reasons to Join a Small Group

Why join a small group? Small groups provide the kind of accountability and emotional support we need in order to mature as believers. Here are four reasons why they are important to your congregation.

Why Small Groups Should Not Try To Fix Others

If the group tries to fix others, no one will be honest. It does not matter how well-meaning the group is in this, fixing kills honesty.

7 Tips for Leading Small Group Worship

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 First-timer Tips for New Small Group Leaders

If you had 2-minutes to share a handful of tips to help a brand new group host / leader get started in building community, what would you say? Here are some great tips for new small group leaders:

Overcoming Offense at the Table

The first-century church healed a series of complicated discord and divisiveness, leaving us a road map highlighted in hope and overcoming offense.

A Simple but Radical Shift in Small Group Formats

A paradigm shift is a fundamental change that radically changes how we approach and do things. I've recently gone through a small group paradigm shift regarding small group formats.

The Body of Christ Builds Itself Through Love

Nothing builds itself. It takes equipment, tools, people, and experience to put up a building. And when it comes to God’s people being built in love, we have a role to play. We each have a part. We each have work to do.

10 Ways to Ignite Praying in a Small Group

Praying in a small group can be intimidating for those who haven’t done it before. You’d be surprised how many people are not used to praying out loud with other people around them listening in.

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