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The Call to Mutual Discipleship

Do you realize God us called us to mutual discipleship? Your small group is full of disciples from all walks of life who are gathering together with an extraordinary purpose: learning how to follow Jesus.

6 Small Group Ideas That Are Working This Fall

The climate around you has changed, but the mission remains the same. Are you ready to try some small group ideas that are working this fall?

How To Set Expectations for a New Group Guide

It’s good practice to communicate expectations, outline the commitment involved, and establish common goals in your small group.

Who in Your Small Group Could Become a Group Guide?

Here at WordGo we want every Christian to feel confident about initiating and guiding a Bible study group!

Case Study: Getting Small Groups to Continue

Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois has been ranked as the third fastest growing United Methodist church in the U.S. Here's how they've been able to connect people to small groups, despite being in a military city where people move often.

Why Your Small Group Strategy Might Kill Sunday School

Here’s the reality every pastor understands about small group strategy all too well: Engaging people in small groups can be a battle.

On Church Division And The Kingdom

Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10 teach believers in Christ that we should do what our conscience allows us to do, and we should do it with thankfulness to the glory of God. Here's how to apply that truth in the context of church division.

6 Strategic Discipleship Initiatives

We are working hard to provide elements at our church that raise people to be spiritually mature adults. We call these elements discipleship initiatives.

What to Do If Your Small Group Is Too Big

Determining when a small group is too big is not as easy as it may seem.

Free Discipleship Training Guide: What Is Discipleship Training?

"Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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.

The Critical First Five Minutes of Your Small Group

The first five minutes should answer the question, “Why should I give you my attention today?” What is a good introduction to do, and why is it important? Why do we need an introduction—or do we?

Is Porn Adultery?

In recovery, folks say, “We’re only as sick as our secrets.” Porn is the sickest of the secrets.

How to Really Measure Church Size

"On any given Sunday, 80 percent are regular attendees and 20 percent are non-regular attendees." So what does infrequent church attendance mean for discipleship?

The Number One Small Group Transparency Killer

Perhaps the number one destroyer of transparency is asking questions that are closed-ended and don’t allow people to share.

The Worst Icebreaker Question – Ever!

Jim Egli tells of his experience with bad icebreakers and how you can avoid them.

52 Church Small Group Ideas to Encourage Fellowship

Here's a list of 52 fellowship activities that groups in my church have used through the years. This list is meant to serve as an idea starter for your group so you can come up with your own activities and plans for implementing them. The key is to do it together.

Dealing With Needy People in Your Group

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

Counting What Counts: Soft and Hard Metrics

Numbers are hard metrics: names on rosters, number of groups, meetings attended, verses memorized. Hard numbers don’t paint the entire picture.

The Dangers of the Mountain Bottom Experience

It’s not the mountain-top experience that’s the most dangerous. No, it’s the return to reality--the mountain bottom experience--where people trip, fall, injure themselves.

Report: Holocaust Denial Persists on Facebook One Year After Push to...

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League shows that while Facebook has removed major Holocaust denial posts on its platform, gaps in enforcing its ban remain one year after it went into effect.

Gerardo Martí: What Pastors Need to Learn From the Collapse of...

Dr. Gerardo Martí joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to discuss Robert H. Schuller's remarkable success with the Crystal Cathedral—and why Schuller's influential ministry collapsed so suddenly.

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