We have all likely experienced a small group discussion that fell flat. Whether it was an over-talkative small group leader or a discussion that wandered in circles, these are the moments when ceiling tiles are counted and daydreamers drift. As a small group leader, how do you keep your group engaged in the
What’s so important about fellowship? I wouldn’t have much interest in church-community (or “fellowship”) if I thought about it the way it is often perceived and/or presented. Let’s be honest, we are all too busy for extra social events; and most are not really into touchy-feely gatherings. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT TRUE BIBLICAL
Returning to discipleship Over time, the church has mistakenly watered down our understanding of what discipleship means. Even good intentions to streamline and program discipleship has left plenty of misconceptions along the way. Pause for just a minute and think about all the different kinds of things Jesus’ own disciples experienced together. Being a
Without rattling off a specific purpose statement, what is the function of a small group? (A small group purpose statement can be a valuable asset, but for just a moment, think in the most basic and simplest of terms.) How do you describe why your small group exists? Small groups are one of the
Following Jesus is a journey that will likely take a person through a variety of different stages – but ultimately, there is no arrival along the road of spiritual growth. You may find some checkpoints along the way, but no finish line (at least on this side of eternity.) Spiritual growth is a lifelong process.
In the previous post, you will see how a small group leader can help the group participants continue to grow spiritually over the long haul. Even with a mix of people from different backgrounds, different stages, and different personalities, the leader can help each participant make progress along their spiritual journey. Rather than
A cast of characters The next time you sit in a small group, take a look around. There is likely a variety of people represented… different backgrounds, different lives, different journeys, different seasons. In order to lead a diverse group follow Jesus and grow spiritually, a small group leader needs to have a long-term perspective.
For just a moment, I was able to understand the differences between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. A teenager explained it to me. We were riding along the highway on the way to a youth camp in a packed van. He was one of those uncommonly intelligent teens; but what made him unique was his
“When the leader is bitter and cynical, the followers will either begin to adopt those same those attitudes, or simply move on.” You can’t hide it for long… cynicism will eventually show itself. It’s not very noticeable at first. It begins like little weeds that grow in your mind. The seeds will be
Consider the differences between… …participating in an archeological dig VS reading a book about archeology. …or watching a TV show about animals VS a guided tour of a zoo. In both of these comparisons you are essentially dealing with the same subject matter; but the experience is almost incomparable. Now consider the difference between listening