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It's Been a Great Ride!

"Time flies when you're having fun."  I guess I would say that would be my mantra too having been the guide of the Network's Small Groups section for some sixteen months or so.  I don't know where the time went. And now that I'm moving on I thought I'd just do a little reflecting.

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Leadership: Passing it On

I know for myself that I lead by doing and coming alongside potential and present leaders to encourage, support and train them. It is usually the case that when there is a lack of leadership it is because there is no environment or atmosphere of leadership development happening in the church.

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It's Your Page

Even though I've been writing and posting in small groups for over a year now, I haven't necessarily covered what you've been looking for. Here's your chance to challenge me with some ideas for articles and blogs.

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Making the Most of Opportunities

December is busy enough. So who wants another event? Why not maximize your normal December activities by inviting someone along. Or you could use the most of the December opportunities to grow and start new small groups in January. Here are some good things to consider.

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Do You Ask Good Questions?

Asking good questions is almost an art form in my opinion.  I'm talking about well-phrased, intentional, smart questions that open people up to get to the heart of the matter.  Smart, well-placed questions can take your small group to a whole new level of sharing and growth.

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Open or Closed Groups?

For many years within the small group realm there has been a lot of discussion on whether small groups should be open or closed. Perhaps our default mode especially in our CRC communities is to err on the side of being comfortable and thus short-circuiting true discipleship... This repost has a lot o reads but would be better with some discussion :-)

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Some Valuable Small Group Material

It's great when you come across some great small group curriculum.  But it's even better when it's FREE.  Scott Boren's book Missional Small Groups has really been gathering ground and very worth reading. Check out the curriculum that he's developed helping groups to be groups and impact their communities. 

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Back to the Basics

It's the fall again when ministries tend to kick off. Here are some things to think about whether you are a member, leader or coordinator of small groups. I thought it would be valuable to recycle this article.

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Challenging the Status Quo [VIDEO]

Here's a church really challenging the status quo of what church is supposed to be.  Jeff Vanderstelt, pastor of the Soma Communities seeks to be a missional community.  It's a challenge for all of us.  This is the stuff we need to be talking about in our churches.  Check it out.

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The Disciple's Prayer

I received some interesting responses after our recent prayer service. A number of people found it difficult to pray that the Holy Spirit would instill in them a passion for the lost. To pray that prayer can be scary when your focus on being a disciple has been more about being a faithful church attender than to follow Jesus into the big bad world to share the Gospel.

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Think of the Possibilities

Summer is a time for relaxing, catching your breath or maybe some fish, getting out into the great out doors and DREAMING.  Think of the possibilities for your ministry especially small groups.  What are your dreams?  I'd love to hear them....

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Disciple-Making Versus Consumerism [Video]

Sorry I've been out of the loop as of late -- vacation and all that.  I did have a chance to check out some great stuff on YouTube recently that really challenges our look at disciple-making and consumerism.  Alan Hirsch is spot on with his assessment of our current cultural mindset that it detrimental to making disciples...

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I See Dead Groups

"Our small group just doesn’t have the energy it used to.” Maybe you’ve had this conversation with a leader. Maybe you’ve had a group yourself and wondered why it seemed stuck. Most of us have been there. What to do? 

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Flying Closer to the Flame

I believe our small groups are the place where this type of discipling community happens and often begins. But the Holy Spirit is the key player in the formation of such communities. I realize that our CRC tradition has typically downplayed the power and transformational work of the Spirit. And while that is changing...

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Can You Spare a Little Grace?

As the Small Group Point Person, it is your job to equip your Small Group Leaders to deal with group members who present special challenges. If not handled properly, an “E.G.R” (Extra Grace Required) can destroy the health (and attendance!) of a small group.

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