I think that all of us would say that the main purpose for small groups in a church is to make disciples. If we are not making disciples, then we might as well call them social clubs. The question then becomes – what is a disciple? For the sake of this discussion, I am going
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Last week, I helped facilitate a Leadership Community at Leadership Network in Dallas, and one of the exercises that we had the teams do was called Opposites. We had each church list 5 of the most common ways they do currently ministry and then what would be the ministry potential of doing the complete opposite.
In the book, Switch, Chip and Dan Heath introduce the concept of looking for positive deviants in problem solving. When we take on a system that is broken, we have a tendency to focus solely on the problems and try to fix them. The end result is that the issues are usually so big and
John Maxwell has a famous saying, “Teamwork makes the Dream work”. I saw a great example of that coming to life this past Saturday at a work day for our new Nashville campus building. We are repurposing half of a 140,000 square foot warehouse that was formerly the home to an electrical company. On Saturday,
Being a small group leader can be exhilarating. There is nothing greater in life than seeing someone grow in their walk with God. Watching the light bulb go off in a new believer’s head as they begin to understand what they’re reading for the first time will change your life. Being a small group leader can
I will freely admit from the top that I am an Apple fan. I currently own or have access to: an iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook and a lock of Steve Jobs hair. Ok, the last one is not true and kind of creepy…but you get the point. One of the things that I love
At the heart of every growing organization/system is the need for more leaders, and keeping up the pace with recruiting leaders can sometimes seem overwhelming. Having a plan in place for recruiting those new leaders is crucial, but if you have not thought through your leadership development process first, those new leaders will have a
As our nation celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today, I am reminded of something he once said: We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Over the last week we have watched the sudden free
In the last post, we looked at 7 things that a new leader needs to hear. Now I want to take a look at what we should be telling our veteran small groups leaders. We are here if you need us. Every leader is going to need a different level of support. Some leaders have
Every small group system should have some sort of a first interview with a potential new leader. Here are 7 things that every new leader needs to hear: You are not alone. It is scary stepping out as a leader. Will anyone show up? I don’t feel qualified? What if someone asks a tough question?