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Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Blog |

Leaders: Leading as an Introvert

We’re all different. That’s just the way God made us. Some of us are more outgoing and social, others (like me) are more reserved and introspective (surprised?). And as Jerry and Lynn Jones say, “Its not good or bad, right or wrong, its just ‘different’.” The same is true for small group leaders. Most people assume that you have to be an extrovert to be a great small group leader. Not true. But leading as in introvert does present some interesting challenges. However, if you’re prepared for them, your leadership can be a blessing, both to you, and to those you lead. Christianity Today came out with a resource a few years ago for introverted leaders that is packed with articles, personal stories, self-assessments, and great advice. While not everything will apply to you, its well worth looking through. Download the “Leading as an Introvert” Survival Guide and allow it to bless you, your ministry, and those you...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 in Blog |

Coaches: Leader Accountability

I recently had a conversation with a friend and mentor whom I haven’t spoken with in some time. He’s the kind of person who, regardless of what the conversation was initially about, deeply spiritual subjects consistently arise from what he is saying. Do you know someone like that? In this conversation we quickly made our way to the topic of accountability, and the impact that accountability (or the lack thereof) has on marriages, families, the church, and our country. Together we lamented the state of many families and churches where deep relationships marked by genuine accountability have been tossed aside in favor of a safer, less-intrusive ‘co-existence’ that keeps us minimally engaged and completely vulnerable to the influences of our culture. I could write a whole series of posts on this subject alone. Perhaps I will. But I want to bring this into focus as it relates to our Groups. Accountability is a critical component for healthy, life-changing groups. Without accountability, small groups are reduced to nothing more than...

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2011 in Blog |

Coming March 6th – Family Enrichment Coffee Shop

Don’t forget to promote the upcoming “Your Time-Starved Marriage” campaign with your Grow Group. It begins with the Family Enrichment Ministry Coffee Shop on Sunday, March 6th at 10:30 am. This event will provide a great introduction to the material, as well as give practical tips for our married couples to stay connected at the speed of life. In addition to coffee and snacks, there will be resources giveaways. You don’t want to miss it. We will follow up the Coffee Shop event with a 6-week small group series utilizing the “Your Time-Starved Marriage” DVD-based curriculum. This series will begin the week of March 20th. If your group wants to use the material, please let me know before Sunday, March 6th so I can order the DVD and leader’s guide for you. Also, if your group would be willing to host couples to participate in this series, let me know that as well so we can promote your group at the Coffee...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Blog |

The Shrinking 40% – What Does It Mean for Groups?

I recently came across a thought-provoking blog post by Tim Stevens entitled “The Shrinking 40%”. His thoughts are actually inspired by something Alan Hirsch discusses in his book The Forgotten Ways. These thoughts impact the way we look at ‘doing church’ as well as our strategy for small groups. The premise is that, according to research, the way almost every church in North America goes about its business is (at best) effectively reaching 40% of the people in our community. And that number is shrinking. For a long time church ‘experts’ and practitioners have debated whether a church should be ‘attractional’ (putting on big programs and services intended to ‘attract’ the community) or ‘missional’ (going into the community to reach them where they’re at). Unfortunately, much of the debate has been done on an ‘either/or’ platform. I agree with Tim when he says, “Its not either/or. Its finding the genius of the AND.” We should not ignore the 40% of our community that the “come and see” strategy is...

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