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How Not to Be Discouraged With Church People

If disappointment is inevitable, how do we avoid the awful emotional turmoil that often follows when dealing with church people? One word: expectations.
Needy People

Dealing With Needy People in Your Group

Neediness becomes a problem to address when it manifests in unhealthy ways.
small group curriculum

11 Great Online Small Group Resources

Where can we find good small group Bible studies? What small group curriculum should our groups study? These are questions I frequently get asked at small group workshops and in conversations with pastors.
men's small groups

5 Key Steps to Men’s Small Groups

Andy Lie offers suggestions from his successful experience starting, renewing and maintaining men's small groups.
Online Small Groups

Online Small Groups – Which Method is Best?

When you think about types of online groups today, consider these two questions: What is the purpose of the group? How can groups meet online?
SmallGroupInfections

Treating Small Group Infections

There are at least three potential small group infections that we not only need to be on the lookout for, but to aggressively fight against and treat.
effective Bible teacher

How To Be an Effective Bible Teacher in a Small Group

As a small group leader --and in order to be an effective Bible teacher -- you have to get the text in front of them.
encouragement

How to Fill Your Small Group With Encouragement

Encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts explicitly referenced in the New Testament. It’s so important that God tells us it should be a daily practice.
Post-Traumatic-Church-Disorder

Post Traumatic Church Disorder: 12 Symptoms and 5 Treatments

Just below the surface, it affects daily interactions, vision casting and strategic planning. It affects how we relate to God and how we relate to others. I call it Post Traumatic Church Disorder.
small group planning

Small Group Planning – How Often Should We Meet?

What’s better: 52 weeks per year, 36 weeks, 18 weeks? Should discipleship stop for Christian holidays? Here is some direction to navigate small group planning.
worship in small groups

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.

5 Ways to Deal With Small Group Gossip

Small group gossip, as benign as it might seem, is a missile that will sink the whole ship. Who would ever share another prayer request or personal issue in front of someone they feel they can’t trust?
small group principles

5 Small Group Principles That Change Lives

Jesus is comfortable with chaos of people's lives. Are you?
technology commandments

10 Commandments of Technology and Team

Virtually anything that can be productive can also be destructive.
3 Ways to Integrate Children Into Your Groups

3 Ways to Integrate Children Into Your Groups

Everyone benefits from children being part of your small group — 3 approaches for how to handle them.
Christmas flash mobs

Reboot Your Small Group Christmas Party

This year, remember the most important element of your small group Christmas party.
Small Group Burnout

How to Beat Small Group Burnout

You can avoid burnout in ministry, but you need to start now.
how to make things not awkward

6 Things Guaranteed to Make Your Small Group Feel Awkward (and How to Avoid...

We’ve all been to them: awkward small groups. For one reason or another, something wasn’t clicking.
11 Ways to Value Children and Small Groups

11 Ways to Value Children and Small Groups

Children are a blessing from God, not a deal-breaker for your own spiritual formation.
How to Develop the Habits of Discipleship

How to Develop the Habits of Discipleship

11 ways to form spiritual growth habits that WORK.

Cathedral to Replace Confederate Windows With Stained Glass Reflecting Black Life

Four years after the Washington National Cathedral removed windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the windows will be filled with work by artist Kerry James Marshall related to racial justice.

Ann Voskamp: What We Are Missing in God’s Vision for Hospitality

"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."

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