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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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Good Small Group Books to Consider

I have two books to recommend for churches who already have small groups or who are considering starting new groups.  They are challenging yet practical but extremely insightful and will be a valuable resource for any church who take their small group ministry seriously.

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Cat? Turtle? Dog?

People approach small groups differently with different motivations.  What about you or people in your group?  Alan Danielson outlines how people approach small groups.  And the approach makes a huge difference in both the group's growth and a person's spiritual formation...

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Why I Like Sermon-based Small Groups

Having been a small group geek for more than twenty years I knew that there were  a lot of models out there that might fit, there was a ton of curriculum we could use -- some of it really focused on discipleship and mission. But I knew we needed to start with something simple and easy to work with ...

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Give Ear

Most people don't deal with conflict well or fight well in most relationships, not just marriage.  One of the biggest reasons for that is the inability to listen well, especially when it comes to conflict.  We're usually too busy thinking about how we will respond or why we're right and the other person is wrong, to even consider the other person's reasoning.

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Church wide Bible Study topics?

Does anyone know of a Bible Study that can be used for an entire Church that helps people grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord? That will cause them to be more involved in their relationship with God. As well as cause them to live lives more abundantly in Jesus. I find there is a real disconnect between the lives that we live and the ones we should be living as Christians!
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Discussion on Discipleship

Do you have a plan for discipleship at your church?  What role do small groups play in it?  At a recent classis meeting, we tried to have this discussion with some interesting results.  You may find this discussion helpful for your classis and church as well...

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Developing Leaders

It's ironic to think that as a church we expect children through adults to be taught and developed into disciples but don't often put our finances and energies into developing strong leaders.  At least that is what I have seen in many churches and what I have experienced up to this point in my current church...

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Small Group Ministries and coordinating with the Library Ministry

Our small group committee has asked to become more aware of the work that the Library Ministry is doing. Do you utilize or coordinate with your church Library to purchase study material? Encourage people to donate their small group material for others to use? Are you as a small group ministry aware of what is in your library? If you coordinate with your library how do you do so? Any feedback would be great! I am trying to get all our church ministries to be aware of the Church Library as a foundational resource ministry for the whole church congragation. Jo Vandermey Providence CRC Beamsville...
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The Art of Exposure

Leading toward exposure can be risky -- someone might eventually drop a bomb and stun the whole group. But that's okay. It means they are feeling safe. Responding in grace, care and empathy will...

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The Shallow Small Group

Have you ever been in a small group who wants to get to know you better, act all supportive and desire you to grow deeply?  How annoying. But now there's a new type of small group that doesn't get into all that...

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Small Group Resources

The question that often comes up that people email or Facebook me on a regular basis is regarding resources for small groups especially in the area of discipleship small groups.

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Thinking of a Discipled Person

When you have a clear picture of where you believe people need to be as disciples on their journey, you'll have a better handle on ministry needs and an evaluation tool for your leadership. Here's a way to start considering what a DDP looks like in your setting...

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Are Small Groups Just Another Program?

Without a vision and missional purpose, programs in the church become extremely self-serving and have minimal benefit to the overall mission of the church to reach the lost and disciple them... Small groups in the life of the church ministry are no different.  I'm reposting this from January because of the crazy amount of consulting I've been doing on this topic.

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Urgency for the Lost

My wife came home from leading our church's youth group last night with a revelation, "There really isn't a sense of urgency among our youth and church to reach lost people."  I had to agree with her...

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Developing Spiritual Habits

I will never forget something Lymen Coleman said at my first Serendipity Small Group conference.  You can only lead a group as far as you've gone yourself.  How true that is.  Anytime I've struggled as a leader, I've come to realize...

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Play With Your Group

Sometimes the best way to really get to know someone is over a grueling game of Wii Tennis or an intense game of Settlers of Catan.  Groups can deepen their relationships through play...

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Let Me Introduce Myself

Howdy from Alamosa, CO!I'm the new kid on the block here at Small Groups and I thought I'd introduce myself a bit...

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40 days of Prayer banner - free if you can use it

Our church used the Love to Pray materials (available from Faith Alive) for a whole-church small group program about 2 years ago and had a banner made to hang at church during the series. The banner is approximately 7 feet by 3 feet, could be used indoors or outdoors, and has grommets to hang it. It reads "40 Days of Prayer - Recharge your Prayer Life!" We spent about $100-150 to have it produced, but would be happy to pass it on at no cost if another church can make use of it. (If you wanted to cover the shipping, that would be extra nice.) View the banner here: http://lh3.ggpht.com/...
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Stay Connected

Connectedness cannot happen by merely rubbing shoulders in the coffee room or with a church handshake or a passing of the peace on Sunday morning or at some church event. And I dare say it rarely happens in a church classroom setting either...

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Chicken or the Egg??

"People resist mission because they are under-discipled, but they are also under-discipled because of the absence of any missional challenge. " The problem is, we’ve become used to seeing discipleship as a passive thing as we sit and enjoy one another as we “huddle and cuddle” together. 

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Sent Like Jesus

We’re quickly approaching the advent season when we celebrate Jesus “moving into the neighborhood.” These weeks would be a great time for small groups to find ways to be sent like Jesus into the neighborhoods  GoGGod

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