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Healthy Disciples – Inside and Out

Large oak trees can look strong and impressive but actually be weak, ready to fall when the next storm hits. There was a connection between what I saw and healthy disciples.

How to Overcome Obstacles to Prayer

Statistics say that 20% of church members never pray and the vast majority only do so occasionally. What obstacles to prayer do we face?

The Disciple Making Movement Urban Settings Calls for New Methods

At the heart of the Disciple Making Movement are key habits that Jesus modeled and taught. These practices are the foundation of all effective disciple-making in all cultures and contexts, but their application will take different forms in different settings

8 Ways to Encourage Bible Centered Conversations

As the small group leader, there are things that you can do to bring people back to a Bible centered conversation and help them be more receptive to the Lord speaking to their hearts through it.

The Danger of Half a Small Group Strategy

The small group in a box seemed like a good idea. The small group director secured the topic from the pastor and the logo...

How to Grow Passionate Disciples in Small Groups

I take great comfort in knowing that I do not have to hit home runs with every group discussion I lead or lesson I teach in order to grow passionate disciples.

Discipling the Next Generation

Discipling the emerging generation is a Biblical doctrine, its message must be returned to the pulpit, its culture to the church.

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.

A Small Group Path to Worshipful Submission

We encourage small groups to enjoy the path to worshipful submission in numerous ways, both in group meetings and in members’ lives seven days per week.

7 Tips for Connecting New Church Members

What do people feel in your church? Are they connecting? Or do they leave your church no better than when they walked in the door?

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.”

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.

Easy Small Group Food Ideas

My small group enjoys starting our time together in conversation while eating some snack foods. We rotate responsibility for bringing snacks to our gatherings.

Is Delegating Demoralizing?

Clearly you have more to do than you could or should be doing on your own. But, as you delegate to capable people, could it be demoralizing?

4 Reasons Why Every Pastor Should Lead a Small Group

No matter what role I have been in, I almost always lead a small group—sometimes more than one group. I think every pastor should lead a small group. Here's why.

Calendaring: The Bane of Small Group Admin

Of the most frequent things we do, scheduling and calendaring seems like it wastes more time than anything else.

Quality Disciples Grow From Quality Bible Teaching

If someone is not doing an effective job with the teaching portion, no amount of outreach will be enough to grow a thriving group and quality disciples will not be made.

Character with Anointing: A Recipe for Avoiding Burnout

Jason Vallotton makes an argument for ministers to intentionally focus on taking care of their own needs and the needs of their families in the following video segment about character with anointing.

Transformational Change and Your Small Group’s “Brain”

If our relational life is what accelerates our ability to have transformational change and character growth, then does our church’s prioritization of its small group ministry reflect this?

Healthy Small Group Prayer: 5 Simple, Christ-Centered Practices

One of the things I realized was that you can tell how Christ-centered a group is by how they pray. Find out more about these Christ-centered practices.

Arthur Brooks: Why You Don’t Need To Have a Midlife (Ministry)...

Dr. Arthur Brooks joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share what few people realize about professional decline and how church leaders can make the most of the second half of their lives.

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