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5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves

5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves

I’ve noticed that there is a short list of small group ministry moves that can be toxic. They often seem harmless. They don’t look dangerous. But they can cause great damage.
Small Group Meetings

Are Small Group Meetings Biblical?

Where in the Bible are small group meetings?
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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.
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7 Easy Ways to Put a ‘Not Welcome’ Sign on Your Church

None of us would put a "not welcome" sign on our church doors on purpose. Yet I’m certain that some of our practices make people feel distinctly unwelcome. Here are some of them.
New Christians

3 Things New Believers Experience in Small Groups

By encouraging a new Christian to join a small group as soon as possible, the church can help foster consistent spiritual growth and prepare the individual to eventually utilize their own spiritual gifts for ministry.
christian community

Research on Fandom, Small Groups, and 3 Implications for Church Leaders

The Bible teaches us that the community we have as Christians is stronger than any other community because it is built on a foundation that never changes.
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Small Group Launch Checklist

Here's a checklist that will help small group leaders think through important steps of launching a successful new small group.
Spiritual Maturity

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.
Learning by Doing in Groups

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.
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7 Proven Strategies to Launch More Small Groups

Churches CAN launch more small groups fast enough to keep up with the demand for discipleship, if they change up how they are launching more small groups. Here are 7 things I’ve discovered over the last 15 years in working with over 1,500 churches across North America.
Leaderless Small Groups

Leaderless Small Groups

“We started giving people permission to jump in. We’re asking for people who love people and love God. We want people who are willing to facilitate a healthy environment where connections can happen.”
5 Big Goals for Each New Year of Ministry

5 Big Goals for Each New Year of Ministry

"These five goals revolve around the five biblical purposes of the church, which never change and remain constant in any culture."
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10 Food Ideas for Your Next Small Group Gathering

Most small groups aren’t a small group unless there is food shared. Be honest, which of us have not tried to entice our members by the food we serve?
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One Free Way to Celebrate Christmas with your Small Group

When you think about discipleship in a small group what comes to mind? For many people it is Bible study, prayer, fellowship, worship…
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3 Abnormal Gifts for Your Small Group This Christmas

Here’s a different holiday idea: How about getting a few abnormal gifts for your whole small group?
unhealthy friendship

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."
God's word

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.
Why the Christian Life Is a Call to Community

Why the Christian Life Is a Call to Community

I’ll never forget Miss Moss, with her Coke-bottle glasses and a disability that left her slow and kind. She loved writing notes of encouragement...
small groups

Are You Addicted to Big, Fast, and Famous?

Small Groups create a place where we can share our lives with others. Small Groups create a place where we can encourage and challenge one another. Small Groups create a place where the Holy Spirit can make disciples. And you are creating that place.
Mephibosheth

Who Is Your Mephibosheth?

As you develop your leaders bring this same question before them: Who Is the Mephibosheth in your neighborhood and circles that is crippled spiritually? Is your heart like David's?
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