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How to Ask Great Icebreaker Questions
How to Ask Great Icebreaker Questions
Steer your discussion toward life change.

Icebreakers are common in many small groups. At the beginning of your discussion the leader may ask an icebreaker question like, "How was your week? Does anybody have anything to share with the group?" Or, perhaps the leader has a specific ...

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What Do We Want to Study Next?
What Do We Want to Study Next?
Five principles for selecting the right study for your group.

One question often heard in small groups is, "What are we going to study next?" Rather than sailing toward a destination, many small groups are like a sailboat at sea being "tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there ...

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Five Essentials for Small Group Health
How to keep your groups growing vibrantly.

Churches all over the nation are recognizing a need to get small groups going in their congregations. But getting small groups started in a church and keeping the groups healthy are two completely different jobs.

As head of Touch Outreach Ministry, my ...

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Bad Days Are Sometimes the Best Days
And nine other lessons I've learned from my small group.

Two years ago when I met with my new small group for the first time, I was so reluctant. I didn't know if I could ever find the sense of belonging and spiritual family I had enjoyed with my previous group. But they welcomed my wife and me into ...

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The Five "Ms" Every Leader Should Know
What it takes to be a small group leader.
1. Minister to the needs of your members.

Okay, so that may seem obvious, but one of the critical roles of a small group leader is to shepherd the people in your group. Does the word "shepherd" scare you? It shouldn't. God has provided ...

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"Dude, I Can't Shepherd a Small Group"
5 tips on building community in your next group.

Some of you have been leading groups for six years—hosting is old hat for you. Some of you have been doing it for six months and may be looking to become a better host. And some of you just completed your first six-week study and, frankly, are ...

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Choosing Small Group Materials
Finding what to study may be the hardest thing small group leaders do.

The small group coordinator in our church scrambles each fall to figure out what in the world the many groups in our congregation should study. The small group leaders look to him for guidance because, although there are an endless amount of studies ...

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Launching Community
Three steps to making your small group dream come true for your church.

So many of us have been there—you wake up in the middle of the night feeling pulled toward starting a small group ministry at your church. But by morning you still have no clue how to go about it.

I'll tell you this: If you're a pastor wondering ...

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No Time. No Resources. No Leaders.
Four tricks to launch something big with small resources.

After 9/11, President Bush challenged Americans to participate in a national candle lighting ceremony and to ask God for help to get through the tragedy. The response was incredible. Days later I walked through my neighborhood and suggested to neighbors ...

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Conducting Acts of Hospitality
Follow these simple guidelines for conducting acts of kindness in the community.

When my family and I started a new church in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the first things we did was perform a community act of kindness. Seven teams, a total of 21 families, met on a Saturday afternoon at a large subdivision close to where we plan to ...

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Confessions of a Small Group Leader
Lessons learned the hard way.

My first experience in small-group ministry is now over—sooner than I expected. But I still believe in the concept. Even though I made so many mistakes, I intend to go out and try again. In fact, I'm already involved in a second small group, and ...

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How to Lead a Good Discussion
Follow these basic principles for leading a small group.

The first small-group discussion I led took approximately 15 minutes. I raced through the questions as if I were a greyhound near the finish line. No one had explained to me how to get a discussion going. Instead I was handed a list of questions and ...

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Five Small Group Myths
Home Bible studies don't always operate by the textbook.

After more than two decades of promotion in books, magazines, seminars, and classes, the fact about small groups is that few churches can testify to success. Among the reasons are:

  1. We have few role models, at least in our own culture.
  2. The literature on the subject has promoted the idea without offering practical methods.
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Cyber Follow-up
Our small group follow- up is faster and more frequent.

Our weekly small-group Bible study has been over for nearly an hour. The last of the lingerers has just pulled out of the driveway to head home. I'm picking up the popcorn bowls and coffee cups. My wife is already logging onto the computer, preparing ...

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Keeping Ourselves on Target
Keeping Ourselves on Target
A good reminder for preachers and teachers.

From the book Mastering Contemporary Preaching

When I first began teaching publicly, as a youth minister in the early seventies, I taught in a conversational, dialogue style. After all, there were just twenty-five kids. When my material wasn't all ...

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Escaping the Pigeon Hole
Why small group leaders really need to be "pastors"—and vice versa.

Small group leaders are the most strategic people in the life changing process. Really the goal in small group ministry should be to have small group leaders as "pastors" of the church.

This kind of church is not a natural thing. Church history runs against ...

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Ministry Blah
Ministry Blah
What can you do when you're discouraged about your God-inspired service?

Do you ever get a case of "ministry blah"? Never heard of this nasty sickness? I define the "blah" as "a consistent discouragement with your place of service—often accompanied by repetitive complaining." It can be ...

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How to Start an Accountability Group
How to Start an Accountability Group
Become accountable to grow in your Christian life.

An accountability group exists to help people of God stay pure and faithful in their walk with him and help them overcome sins. It provides a context to live out James 5:16, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that ...

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So, You've Been Asked to Speak. Now What?
Follow these basic guidelines to prepare a talk.

You hang up the phone and your immediate thought is, "What have I gotten myself into?" You fluctuate between feeling flattered and panicked. You've just been asked to provide the opening message at the upcoming fall retreat. You said yes. Now what?

With ...

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8 Habits of Effective Small-Group Leaders
8 Habits of Effective Small-Group Leaders
Practical tips to take your small group from good to great

Why do some small groups grow and multiply and others don't? Is there some activity or set of activities a small-group leader can do to increase the probability of the group growing and multiplying? If so, are these activities beyond the reach of ...

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