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Is There a 50% Barrier?

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?

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Inclusive Community

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.

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What Would You Like to See on This Site?

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.
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Great Question!

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.

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Let's Go!

Here we go! The Network discussion on small groups is making the transition from “discussion network” to “guided network”. Congratulations to us!

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How Do You Recruit?

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.

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Mapping Groups by Type

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.

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What Is a Small Group?

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.”

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How Am I Doing, Coach?

However coaching is done, the most important thing it that it IS done for the sake developing healthy leaders and small groups. Here are a couple of proven conversational coaching methods.

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Lonely Little Petunia

Sometimes small groups or individuals might feel like they are "lonely little petunias in an onion patch". This longing may be the Holy Spirit’s nudging to shape small groups that exist not merely for the sake of experiencing community, but for the sake of participating in God’s redemptive plan. 

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Life Together

The resources on this website help small group leaders in their vision to build life-tranforming community in their settings. You'll find study materials, coaching helps, information about conferences and small group campaigns; all designed to help tranform your community through community.

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Building Church Leaders

This site takes a broader look at church leadership. Those involved in church leadership on a variety of fronts will find valuable samples, downloads, training tools, and opportunities to connect with other leaders. Small Group leaders will especially like the tab, "Mentor and Disciple."

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BibleGateway

This is an invaluable tool for those who lead small group Bible studies. Read and research Scripture online in the language or translation of your choice.

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God's Counter-cultural Call

I’m concerned with developing small groups of people who covenant to a shared life together as they grow in Christlikeness and join God’s mission together.  That leaves me with this question. How do we establish counter-cultural groups in a culturally relevant way?

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Time to Redesign?

At least twice a year, those who lead small group ministries need to ask, “What are the next steps for this small group ministry? Where is God leading us?” If you don’t, chances are you’ll become stuck and ineffective.

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First Steps on Bisbee Drive

We would love to form a neighborhood small group where everyone on our block knows each other well, joins in spiritual conversations, prays for one another, and finds ways to serve in our community together. It’s a wonderful dream that we talk about often. The problem is, we don’t know our neighbors!

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Reality Check

Secondly, I need to remember that part of developing a disciple-making, mission-shaped small group ministry means offering safe places for those who find themselves needing extra support as they go rough patches in life.

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