Resource, Article

Have you every heard that old song I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch and all I do is cry all day? This little song still goes through my head when I find myself in situations where i feel like I do not belong.

Sometimes small groups or individuals...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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A good small group gardener also has a plan. The plan involves what to plant, when to plant, etc. The dream or picture for small group is discovered in prayer. The calendar is a helpful gardening tool for small Group leaders and coordinators as they implement the vision.

Small Group...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Calendar

A calendar for Small Group leaders and coordinators to help implement the vision of their ministry.

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

Did you know that outreach has a way of actually turning small groups inside out? Struggling groups and small group ministries have found help not by focusing on their own internal issues, but by looking beyond their problems and giving attention to the needs of those beyond their immediate...

May 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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“How do I handle the person who talks too much in a group? What about the person who talks too little?” These are questions that most small group leaders are sure to ask at one time or another.

Let’s start with Chatty Cathy. She can’t help it. She loves to talk, loves to hear herself talk...

May 27, 2010 0 3 comments
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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.

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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Are you looking for study materials for your small group? Be sure to check out Faith Alive's many resources. You'll find topical studies as well as Bible studies, all designed to help people grow as disciples of Jesus.

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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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."

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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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.

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
Blog

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?

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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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.

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
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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!

May 25, 2010 0 2 comments
Blog

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.

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
Blog

Relationships began to be built and conversations were broadened. Because these strangers were included, they began to feel a sense of belonging and experienced a bit of “the communion of the saints.” 

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

If you're looking for practical resources, training tools, ways to organize your ministry, or vision casting articles, this is the place to go. A free newsletter is available, but full access of the site is well worth the annual fee.

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

What does the term missional mean to you?
Well, that's one of those very difficult terms because it's so widely used. But for me, it primarily refers to a church that organizes itself around the mission of God, or the misseo dei, which refers to God's involvement in the world—his redeeming...

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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Small Group Artists: Turning a Question into a Discussion

Small group study guides make it look so simple. All a small group leader needs to do is read a question and automatically a lively discussion will result. Right? Some groups might function like this, but not all. If a group is at...

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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What began as an experiment has been a good year of group ministry. What am I talking about? Sermon-Based Small Groups. It began with a Sticky Church Conference (see Larry Osborne’s book, Sticky Church) on how to close the back door on churches. At the heart of this strategy are sermon-based...

May 24, 2010 0 1 comments
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Imagine with me for a moment; it’s the year 2015, and your church has the most amazing Small Groups. These Small Groups are the talk of the town. They are involved in transforming lives and neighborhoods. They are places of support and learning, of reaching out and serving, and of loving God and...

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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Gardens. They are beautiful spots to take some time to “stop and smell the roses.” Who doesn’t enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrances of a flower garden? Whose mouth doesn’t begin to water at the site of juicy ripe tomatoes or watermelon? It all looks so easy. Just dig a little hole, plop in a...

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
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It’s exciting to start something new. Our imaginations start imagining and we are so excited at the potential of this new endeavor. Wise people ask questions of those who are a step ahead of them, collect information from books, search the web and pray a lot. And then they pray some more.

...

May 24, 2010 0 0 comments
Q&A

Hi All, I'm starting to look for a small group study or other resources for six-weeks that would be the starting point for a relaunch for our church's small group ministry. I'm looking for something that would help teach some basic principles of community. Got any ideas? Got anything that worked...

May 11, 2010 0 6 comments
Discussion Topic
Hi Everybody! I am in the process of (re)launching a small groups ministry in October in a church with 500+ members. At the moment I am working on writing a congregational survey to get a sense what the formating and style of the small groups program should be. What questions should the...
April 26, 2010 0 0 comments
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Has anyone experienced the campaign "40 Days of Community?" What stories do you have to tell. Did it help move your church into going about mission as community?
March 1, 2010 0 1 comments
Q&A

I'm not sure if this is the correct Forum to post this under; however I'm looking for suggestions for cirriculum/material for Men's Bible Study. Recently we had some groups do the Tony Dungy studies and they enjoyed them. I'm looking to have a few groups start up again after Easter. Any...

February 18, 2010 0 1 comments

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