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Finding Your Groove, Week 2 – Fellowship with Other Believers

If you’re a Jesus follower, you need to have some other Jesus followers in your life for mutual encouragement and accountability. It’s one of the habits of spiritual maturity – gathering with the church as a body for worship and scattering with small groups to do life together.
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Small Groups

4 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Good

I just wrote an article for one of the best websites on the net for small group ministry, SmallGroups.com. Here’s the intro: No one can deny the popularity of social networking. It’s everywhere. It’s the cloud we breathe all the time without even thinking about it. If you’re like most people, you get anxious when...
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Jesus Washing Feet

Who Are Your 3? Your 12? Your 70? Your Thousands?

With whom are you doing life? What I mean is, with whom do you spend time hanging out and talking about the deepest things of life? Whom do you sharpen, and who sharpens you? Jesus lived toward the cross and the resurrection, and his singular focus on his end game motivated him to live very...
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Small Group

7 Signs of a Healthy Small Group

I’m sold on small groups. There are very few ways to create an atmosphere conducive to building strong relationships than studying the Bible in the living room of a friend. I also agree with Rick Howerton about the need to consider a more organic pathway to healthy groups. I was recently in a conversation with...
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Professor

Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church’s doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The more qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be… or so goes conventional wisdom. But is...
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Different Kind of Tribe

Small Group Ministry versus Leading a New Kind of Tribe

Traditional small group ministry might seem like a leap ahead of the lecture-based classroom in terms of relationship-building, but the rate of change in our surrounding culture still far outpaces the rate of change within the church. Small group ministry is changing. Again. And Rick Howerton, one of the few guys I read religiously concerning...
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