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“This Is How I Small Group” from the Small Group Network

This Is How I Small Group is a periodic series at the Small Group Network about getting to know members of the small group. Some will have decades of experience; others will be brand new to small group ministry. #SmallGroups #Strategy

Top 10 Ideas for a First Small Group Meeting

Any time you’re starting a new small group, a great first meeting is very important.  I include these ideas on a simple handout inside every new leader packet.

How to Make Your Own Community Calendar

Heling people can connect reveals that biblical community is an actual value of your church, projects your leadership expectations, and helps people to prepare. Start by designing a community calendar that includes no less than three church-wide opportunities per year for people to get plugged in.

Ideas on How to Create Your Own Small Group Curriculum

Small groups need curriculum that is targeted to the particular needs of that group. So, let’s talk about how to prepare, write, and publish small group curriculum.

How to Lead a Dynamic Cell Meeting

Getting people to come back to a cell meeting should never be the principal motivation. A much purer motivation is making sure each member is ministered to and transformed during the process.

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."

The Antidote to Anxiety During Troubled Times

They are understandably shaken, afraid, anxious, upset, and troubled. What antidote will Jesus offer to cure that anxiety during their troubled times?

Boosting the Love: Valentines Day Ideas for Small Groups

Four practical ideas for turning Valentine's Day into an opportunity for small group growth.

The Presence of God When Two or More Are Gathered

Biblical community grows stronger when we help those gathered with us to focus on the awesome reality of the presence of God in our midst.

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.

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 Groups Are a Leadership Development Factory

With low attendance numbers dragging on into the third year since COVID began, the leadership deficit in most churches is bigger than it’s ever been. But small groups are a great catalyst for growing leaders.

What Are the Next Steps of Small Group Discipleship?

God gave wisdom to break down how a disciple could be defined in the cell church paradigm. Develop your vision for next steps small group discipleship through this simple framework.

How Plans for Small Groups Are Now Like “Earthquake Plans”

We cannot build our plans for small group like the “solid wall” plans of yesteryear. Plans for small groups that were built on predictable, solid data, availability of people and facilities. What we need is to build plans that have flexibility built right in.

5 Ways to Deal With A Gossip Group

Small group gossip is a killer. There is nothing more fatal than group gossip. It is the deadliest sin in group life.

How Small Groups Bring Redemptive Relationships

Within minutes of the group starting, I’m overwhelmed; not by the stress of another activity on the schedule, but by the sheer blessing of redemptive relationships.

Small Group Leadership Is Lonely

Why would small group leaders feel lonely? This isn’t the loneliness as a person. This is the loneliness of the leader.

Why Small Groups Don’t Work

It seems like many people are jumping into the blog world to announce that their experience reveals why small groups don’t work in America.

Legalism and Consistent Spiritual Habits: Not the Same

I believe many followers of Jesus mistakenly lump a commitment to consistent spiritual habits into the pejorative pool of legalism.

The Absolute Best Small Group Bible Study Discussion Questions

Looking for the absolute small group bible study discussion questions? One of the greatest skills that you need to run a good Bible study is the instinct to craft good questions. Here's the very best one . . .

Abuse Survivor: SBC Needs Offender Database, Pastoral Code of Conduct

Ahead of the release of the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force's report, abuse survivor Tiffany Thigpen took to Twitter to suggest next steps for the denomination at “this historic moment.”

Leonard Sweet: Church Leaders, God Has Given You This Moment—Don’t Miss...

Dr. Leonard Sweet joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share what our current cultural “volcanoes” mean for the church and why he sees hope amid the chaos.

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