6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

There is way too much of a mess to clean up all alone! You need some people! And that’s what small groups are for. Sundays are awesome. That’s where we worship with a crowd. But somewhere removed from the crowd I need a few people who are close enough to...
4 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Good

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

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...
7 Signs of a Healthy 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...
Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

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...
Small Group Ministry versus Leading a New 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....
Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

There are, in every industry, certain books that serve as cornerstones – manuals of the trade, if you will. If you want to fix a car, you buy a Chilton’s Guide. If you’re working in any psychology-related field, you need a DSM-IV manual. And if...

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