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Where is Your Favorite Fishing Hole?

To follow Jesus and become a fisher of men, we need to do what Jesus did. He spent time with those who were lost and needed a Savior. We cannot catch any fish by casting our fishing poles on the ground and we cannot win the lost from our comfortable church pew.

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Bringing People Into the Presence of Jesus

The small group leader was overwhelmed and exhausted. She did not see what she had expected: she was tired and discouraged. She had to do more but she didn’t have a clue what that should be. She cried out to God in prayer.

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Reporting in on Triads

Writing the final report for the Sustaining Congregational Excellence Grant which supported the Discipleship Triads for our church gave me the opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of this project and celebrate how God has worked in and through them in our setting.

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Anyone have a well thought out job description for a Small Groups Coordinator?

So, we are way behind the eight ball in giving our small groups ministry some overdue attention. While we have had a pretty vibrant number of small groups meeting together for years to study a wide range of topics, it has been sort of running without any coordinated effort or inter-action across groups. This has worked well since each group enjoyed their little circles and overall were quite good at inviting any newcomers that might be interested. But lately after some unexpected losses from illness and moving, there are groups that are struggling to feel connected. We can't count on it that...
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Why Are Believers Not Declaring the Gospel?

My firm belief, pastoral experience, and observation is that “believers do not declare the gospel if they do not delight in God.” Do you delight in Jesus Christ? Does your small group encourage delight in Jesus and declaration of the gospel?

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Small Group Experiments

Look for group practices that grow people more in love with God and each other. Here are a couple of small group experiments that I am currently trying out and learning from.

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Praying Together in Small Groups

It is easy to get in a rut. Here are a couple of small group prayer ideas. Experiment with them in your group. Share your experiences and other prayer ideas. “Let us spur one another on...”

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Sermon Based Small Group Experiment (Part Two)

We are still in the early stages of this small group experiment, but so far the results have been great. As pastors, we feel the congregation is more involved and interacting with the weekend messages. The format means that we don’t have to create something new — it flows out of what we are already doing. 

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Sermon Based Small Group Experiment

With all the choices of small group options, why choose sermon based small groups? Two selling points are: 1) it allows people at a variety of spiritual stages to dig deeper than a thirty minute message, and 2) it takes little preparation for either the facilitator or the group member.

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Scarecrows

Imagine small group leaders and teams standing as scarecrows over our groups and ministries to guard against Satan’s assaults. Farmers place scarecrows in gardens because the farmer expects birds to go after his seeds. It is naïve of us to not be ready for Satan’s attempts to wreak havoc in our Christian communities.

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Mission in Small Groups

Last week I blogged about adding mission and service to your small group. This week I’d like to look at some specific ways to add the missional ingredient to your group.

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The Missing Ingredient

After over 10 years of working with and leading small groups, I’ve seen one huge area of need: groups often lack a purpose beyond themselves. I would like to suggest that our small groups need an infusion of mission.

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Discipler? What Do You Really Do?

What do you do? I am a “facilitative, organizing catalyst who brings energy, creativity andpassion to change or development-oriented efforts (catalyst) through building structures, methods or programs (organizing) that equip, empower or provide tools for growth (facilitative).” That is a mouth full.  

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Discipleship: 10 Lessons I Learned Beyond Sunday School

The CRC that nurtured my growth as a child taught me that Jesus saves and is present for me to reach out to in prayer in times of need. There were also lessons about discipleship that the church of my childhood never taught me. 

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Five Missional Themes of Coffee Break

The Coffee Break idea started forty years ago and has grown into a missional movement of the CRC and many other denominations. Hear are some themes that might ignite kingdom growth in Coffee Break and small groups today.

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What Do Ferns and Small Groups Have in Common?

Ferns and small groups are both fractals. Fractals are complex forms made up of simple repeated patterns. Small groups are formed by repeating patterns or values. What patterns are you building into your small group? Are they positive or negative?

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Discipleship Triads or Quads

Discipleship triads or quads are made up of three or four people of the same gender who meet together weekly (preferably) to hold each other accountable for spiritual growth and transformation. No matter how triads or quads are designed, you’ll find these to be true...

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What Is Alpha?

Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, where guests can explore the meaning of life and ask questions in a non-threatening, relaxed setting. The traditional Alpha course is 10 weeks long and includes a day or weekend-long retreat half-way through the course. 

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Alpha: An Answer for a “Kingdom Advancing Church”

Looking for a way to mobilize more people in evangelism in 1999, a few of us at church stumbled on to the Alpha Course. We were drawn to it because it offered a simple way to involve people in bringing the Gospel to their friends. We got a small pilot group together, followed the instructions, and went for it. 

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