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Imagination Set Free

The battle is won or lost at the level of imagination. There’s power in imagination. The Holy Spirit’s power is displayed and released at the level of imagination.  What do you imagine when you think of small groups that develop... 

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Smelly Leaders

Out of our shepherd’s heart we will begin to intersect our lives with the lives of those we’re leading even when it’s messy and dirty. Only then will we begin to smell like the sheep we lead.  

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Hanging-out

I wonder if there is a spiritual discipline called “hanging-out.” Probably not, but I think I’m going to consider it to be one. Our small group practiced this “discipline” together  

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Lessons in Hospitality

These are small things, but put together help create a warm place where interactions easily happen. In our fast paced world, we tend to bypass the little hospitable things that go a long ways toward creating community. 

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Discipleship: An Active Thing

Small groups are about forming disciples of Jesus. Maybe it’s less about what we are studying and more about following our living example.  

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Unity With Purpose

He’s calling us to the same unity that he experiences with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Now that’s mind-boggling! Can we mere humans here on earth possibly be drawn into that kind of unity?

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What? God Use Me?

You know the feeling. You’re asked to step into a new role either in ministry or everyday life and you feel totally inadequate for the task. That’s how a potential small group leader felt last night when I suggested he lead a group for the first time.

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"Descubriendo Tu Biblia"

Aunque este título es el nombre que lleva el material de estudio bíblicos para grupos pequeños, es también además un método de estudio. Descubriendo Tu Biblia es estudiar juntos la Biblia a través de preguntas que nacen de la Escritura y que a través de las preguntas, aprendemos a aplicar las verdades a nuestra vida diaria. Te invito a compartir las experiencias que líder tienes al guiar tu grupo pequeño. Te invito a compartir tus preguntas, tus consejos con los demás líderes...te invito a Descubrir Tu Biblia junto a los demás.
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Sermon Study Group

Hi All, Here's the situation. One of the members of our congregation would like to have a women's group do a "sermon study" for their meetings and wondered if we have resources on how to go about doing that. Nothing comes to mind except the preacher. Of course, this is a little tricky if two of the three preachers are men and the one female is about to go on mat leave. Have any of you done sermon based small groups? Any of you have any good advice or resources on how best to do this? Other thoughts? In Christ, Mike
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Prayer Time Phobia

I understand their fear. We haven’t had enough time together to know one another all that well. Most are new to this whole small group thing and relatively new in faith. Today I’m asking myself how I can gently lead them to feel comfortable praying out loud as a group. Here’s what I’ve thought of so far: 

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My Imaginary Friend

As a small group leader, I want to be more like my Garmin GPS than a map. I don’t want to merely be an information source. My role is to guide my group to the desired destination of life application.

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Kudos, Fulton Second Reformed!

It’s been said that once we stop learning, we stop leading. On-going leadership training is essential for the health of our groups and the people in them.

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Things I Learned On Vacation

What did I learn on vacation? If I had quit climbing that mountain, I would have missed an awe-inspiring view of God’s wonderful creation. I don’t want to quit on my spiritual formation, either. There are times when it seems really tough and too difficult to keep-on-keeping-on

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Consider the B's

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.

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Who Do You Recruit?

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.

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Re-thinking a FAQ

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. 

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Really? Small Groups at the Fitness Center?

 ... 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:

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Living the Gospel

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

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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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Discipleship small group

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 group in the Philippines in my early years in the faith.) So my series of questions are: has any of you read this book - or perhaps Jesus Disciplemaker, The Disciplemaking Church, Training of the Twelve? But not just having read any of these. Has anyone become passionately convinced that discipling or...
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