Author Archives: Chris

The Leadership Line

One of our ongoing discussions when it comes to group life is – how high do you set the bar for leadership? If you set the bar too high, you will automatically weed out potential leaders who just need a chance to be tapped on the shoulder. If you set the bar too low, you […]

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From Sign Up To Show Up

Like a lot of you that are reading this post, we are in the middle of ramping up for our winter semester groups launch in just a few weeks. Our winter Kick-Off is extremely important for us because January is normally our largest growth month for the church. People have made their resolutions and have […]

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Multi-Site Groups part 2

You can read part 1 here. One of the most difficult questions with groups and multi-site is – how do you structure a groups system that works on several campuses with different personalities? Although each of our campuses share a common DNA, there are innate differences that come with geographical distance. For instance: our Nashville […]

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Multisite Groups

Community is messy. Community in a multi-site church is messier. I have spent the last 12 years on staff at churches with multiple campuses (Seacoast and Cross Point), and the overall lesson that I have learned is that every issue churches normally have, you can multiply it exponentially when you go multisite. Everything is more […]

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How We Got To 80% – part 5 (New Leaders)

With this post, I am going to give a very broad look at the process we have developed for new community group leaders. This is somewhat different from what it looks like for our Host Groups. Interview – The first step after we have identified a potential new leader is an interview with the new […]

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10 Myths About Groups

I want to dispel a few popular myths that exist about small groups: Groups are for everyone – all of the time. It’s ok for people to take breaks from group life occasionally. Even Jesus retreated away from his small group from time-to-time. Home groups are always better than Sunday School. I think that Sunday […]

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