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As I observe community life around me, I see that over time groups can tend to be more “exclusive” rather than “inclusive.” There seems to be a tendency to gradually build up walls around our group when deciding who fits and who doesn’t. Rather than reflecting Jesus’ inclusive love toward those around us, we find reasons to be exclusive.

August 10, 2010 0 0 comments
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Recruiting small group leaders is an on-going task of the Small Group Leadership Team. This resource provides suggestions on key traits to consider when recruiting small group leaders.

August 5, 2010 0 0 comments
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Who to Recruit for Small Group Leadership
It’s been said that every organization eventually becomes a reflection of its leaders. Assuming this is true, churches need to pay special attention to the character traits of its leaders, including those who lead small groups. What makes a good...

August 5, 2010 0 0 comments
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Given our busy, individualistic Western lifestyle, a once-a-week small group may be too much to ask of a lot of people, but obviously not all. Those who have a vision to experience community that transforms lives and cities are ready. 

August 2, 2010 0 0 comments
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 ... today my small group world and work-out world collided when I saw a sign advertising “Small Group Personal Training.” For a very reasonable price we are offered the opportunity to get the benefits of a personal trainer in a small group setting. The sign promoted other benefits of these small groups:

July 26, 2010 0 0 comments
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Imagine this. You’ve been in an ongoing spiritual discussion with someone and are asked, “So what is the Gospel?” How would you answer? I had a pretty pat answer in mind until I spent time reflecting on the first four verses of Isaiah 61. This passage points out a bigger understanding of the Gospel than I’m used to thinking

July 20, 2010 0 0 comments
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Rather than evaluate the success of a small group by the percentage of a church’s people involved, I’m much more likely to ask questions about how people are demonstrating discipleship and mission in their lives. How are people growing in spiritual disciplines? How many are inviting friends to try out the group? How deep are the relationships within the group? How does the group care for one another and their neighbors?

July 1, 2010 0 5 comments
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The call of community isn’t about finding people just like us, at the exclusion of others. Community, in the biblical sense, is clearly about unlike people finding Christ at the center of their inclusive life together. Thus, issues of community reflect powerful dynamics of how God brings very diverse people together for his glory and his witness in the world.

June 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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In our modern questions about success, group growth, ways to “close the back door,” and strategies to survive through the ups and downs of overseeing small groups, most modern talk about small groups leads us to put pressure on the wrong things. We end up running from one flywheel to the next...

June 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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What are some of the topics, resources or discussion points that would be most helpful to you? What would you like to see included on this site as it is developed? Please share your ideas here so that we can develop this site in a way that best resources those involved in small group leadership...

June 22, 2010 0 3 comments
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These answers sound so obvious to those of us who have been around small groups for a while, but we should take note of them as we evaluate our groups.

June 17, 2010 0 0 comments
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During advisory committee sessions at Synod 2010, delegates will have times of reflection and dialogue based on Bill Hull's The Disciplemaking Pastor. I read it years ago, and now reflecting on going back to a dsicplemaking mode in my life and ministry again. (Been nurtured through a Navigators...
June 9, 2010 0 8 comments
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Here we go! The Network discussion on small groups is making the transition from “discussion network” to “guided network”. Congratulations to us!

June 7, 2010 0 2 comments
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Recruiting small group leaders in a way that casts vision and presents leadership as a God-given opportunity will contribute to the health of a church's small group ministry. This tool gives suggestions on where to find potential leaders and how to go about recruiting them.

June 7, 2010 0 0 comments
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What are you planning these days? It might be tomorrow, your education, your career path, a vacation, a wedding or maybe your retirement. Planning is an important part of our lives because it helps us live more efficiently and eliminates chaos. Plans help us live with a little more purpose and...

June 7, 2010 0 1 comments
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This is a form from Small Group Leadership Planning Tools to gather information about the purpose and context of a small group.

June 7, 2010 0 0 comments
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Recruiting small group leaders is an on-going task of the Small Group Leadership Team. This resource provides suggestions on key traits to consider when recruiting small group leaders and allows you to map groups by type, age and gender.

June 7, 2010 0 0 comments
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Imagine a Small Group Ministry Worksheet - help for creating a vibrant small group ministry.

June 7, 2010 0 0 comments
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Most people who have been around a church for a while have a pretty good idea about what a small group is. Or do they? The following definition may give new understanding to the term “small group.”

June 1, 2010 0 2 comments
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Why do professional sport figures need a coach? Aren’t they the best of the best? I heard of an interesting scenario on one of our local professional baseball teams. A key player is in a batting slump. When it was suggested he spend time with the hitting coach, his response was, “I’m my own...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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Have you every heard that old song I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch and all I do is cry all day? This little song still goes through my head when I find myself in situations where i feel like I do not belong.

Sometimes small groups or individuals...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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A good small group gardener also has a plan. The plan involves what to plant, when to plant, etc. The dream or picture for small group is discovered in prayer. The calendar is a helpful gardening tool for small Group leaders and coordinators as they implement the vision.

Small Group...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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A calendar for Small Group leaders and coordinators to help implement the vision of their ministry.

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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Did you know that outreach has a way of actually turning small groups inside out? Struggling groups and small group ministries have found help not by focusing on their own internal issues, but by looking beyond their problems and giving attention to the needs of those beyond their immediate...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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“How do I handle the person who talks too much in a group? What about the person who talks too little?” These are questions that most small group leaders are sure to ask at one time or another.

Let’s start with Chatty Cathy. She can’t help it. She loves to talk, loves to hear herself talk...

May 27, 2010 0 3 comments

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