Author Archives: Chris

Small Groups Are Weird

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way from the beginning: to the normal church outsider, small groups are weird. Those of us who are tasked with convincing people in our churches that joining a small group is something they should do have an uphill battle. Here are just a few of the […]

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Game Changing Discipleship Tool

A few months ago, I wrote about a new curriculum tool that Lifeway Christian Resources was launching called – SmallGroup.com. SmallGroup.com is an online library of over 1300 Bible studies that you can completely customize for your church’s context and needs. All you have to do is plug in your pastor’s topic or main scripture, […]

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Small Groups For The Rest Of Us

I am so excited that my book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us, finally releases today! Although I wrote it over the last year and a half, it was actually a several year process as we experimented and refined the ideas for helping everyone find community. My prayer is that the concepts in the […]

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Is Your Usher Team A Small Group?

One of the initial decisions you have to make for your groups system is what constitutes an official small group at your church. Most churches technically already have small groups. You probably have a guest experience group that greets people at the doors on Sundays or serves coffee. You may have a parking group that […]

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Do You Have Core Values?

One of the things I do when I work with churches is help them identify what their core values are. A lot of churches have a list of values somewhere on their website, but they don’t know what they really mean. Usually, it’s a long list of serious sounding statements that is too long for […]

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3 Ways To Avoid Becoming The Next Amazon

The tech world has been abuzz since The New York Times article on Amazon’s work culture came out last week. The expose describes a performance first culture with little to no care for the toll it puts on employees and their families. One former employee said he has seen every person he works with crying […]

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