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What Must NEVER Be Missing In Church?

Life without risks is missing something vital. Think for just a second about the things that wouldn’t exist without risks: cars skateboards games airplanes automobiles electricity fried calamari Someone had to be...

The Most Important Aspect of Your Leadership Is Something No One Sees

by Jim Egli I’ve surveyed thousands of small group leaders to discover what makes small groups grow. I’ve looked at hundreds of different leadership characteristics...

Avoid These 4 Realities at Your Own Peril

I know there are some who object to references to customers and products and marketing…but some things are made so clear by shifting the vocabulary from church to business. Alan Kay,...

The Leader's Spiritual Life

Eighteen years have passed since I researched why some leaders were able to lead their small groups to multiplication and why others were not. To make...

4 Specific Things You Can Do to Make Your Group More Christ-Centered

Over more than 20 years of doing small group ministry, I’ve learned this: There are many skills and techniques you can learn to help...

5 Things to Do in July to Maximize Small Group Ministry This Fall

Last month I gave you a list of 5 things to do in June to maximize small group ministry this fall. Assuming you’re on target...

3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

by Kevin Ragsdale The small-group leader is the single most important volunteer in our ministry, and over the years I have made some interesting discoveries...

5 Essential Ingredients of Groups that Make Disciples

Recently I asked the question, “What have you designed your groups to make?” Answering my own question, I said, “Our small groups are designed to...

How to Sustain Prayer

It’s wonderful to get excited about prayer during a mountain top conference or after visiting a church that prioritizes prayer. But how does a...

Obstacles to Prayer

by Angel Manuel Hernandez According to an early historical document called the Didaché, the first-century Christians maintained regular prayer meetings three times per day (third,...

Prayer Hindrances and Suggestions to Overcome Them

If prayer is so important, why don’t we pray more? In this blog, I’ve identified some of the prayer hindrances and then suggested steps...

The Secret Sauce to Awesome Small Group Meetings: The 3 Main Ingredients

Great small group meetings don't just happen. They take careful preparation and the right ingredients. Here are the the three most essential elements in...

Making Prayer the Priority

by Angel Manuel Hernandez We have discovered that prayer is the life and the spiritual breath of the groups and leaders, so we prioritize it....

What’s the Difference Between a Sunday School Class and a Small Group?

Ihad some good interaction this week with a reader who took issue with some of my assumptions about the differences between Sunday school classes...

The Importance of Prayer

by Angel Manuel Hernandez John Wesley founded various type of groups to disciple the multitudes. One of those groups was called “bands.” The bands met...

What Is Your Small Group Ministry Designed to Do?

What is your small group ministry designed to do?  Ever thought about it?  It matters, you know. The design of your small group ministry determines...

5 Common Mistakes of Rookie Small Group Pastors

“That was a rookie mistake.” Ever heard that? Ever said it to yourself? Probably all of us have been there and done that. Here are 5...

The Cry for Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

by Jim Wall I didn’t realize as we went to dinner that night that my life would never be the same. A few years ago,...

5 Things to Do in June to Maximize Small Group Ministry This Fall

You can’t wait until the end of the summer to prepare for the fall ministry season. Have you figured this out yet?  Most likely...

The Forgotten Disciplines

by Mario Vega The books of the Bible were written in the context of agrarian societies. Those societies were displaced primarily by the industrial revolution...
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