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Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Small Group Resources |

Did You Know: Video Bible Studies

Did You Know: Video Bible Studies

Do you know we offer Video Bible Studies on SmallGroups.com? We currently have 33 video studies covering topics like social justice, spiritual growth, parenting, Joseph, and Easter. Ranging from two to four sessions, these Bible studies include videos and a study guide for your group. You can even make up to 1,000 copies of the study guide for use in your local church. No need to locate a great teacher for these studies; we’ve got you covered with people like Francis Chan, Donald Miller, Erwin McManus, and John Ortberg. We also have studies based on episodes of Listen Up TV, including our newest Video Bible Study, Christians and Social Justice. Use them for a quick Bible study with your small group, as sessions at a retreat or training event, or with a Sunday school class. Our video Bible studies are perfect when you need a study in a jiffy, are trying to fill a few weeks before your next study, have a group of visual learners, or want to...

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Blog |

Taking On a New Role – Leadership Community Director for Leadership Network

Taking On a New Role – Leadership Community Director for Leadership Network

I’m excited to share that I am taking on a new part-time contract role in 2012-2013.  I will be serving as a Leadership Community Director for Leadership Network in Dallas, TX.  In the coming months I will be interviewing and recruiting leaders for the Rapid Growth Churches Leadership Community that begins in May of this year. This represents a new chapter in my work with Leadership Network that began over five years ago.  In 2006 I began serving as a Lead Facilitator for Leadership Network’s Leadership Communities and the more recently developed Innovation Labs.   It has been an amazing experience to meet and work with innovative church leaders from around the country, helping them dream big dreams, set daring goals, and develop effective strategies for Kingdom growth.  One of the great things about Leadership Network is their commitment to multiplying the impact of what Kingdom innovators are doing.  Because of this value, many of the key learnings from past Leadership Community and Innovation Lab participants are captured in...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Blog |

Effective Planning for Church and Non-Profit Leaders

Effective Planning for Church and Non-Profit Leaders

In my second life I run an online marketing company for small businesses called Eureka Online Marketing.  I began this joint venture with a friend to create another income stream when I stepped out of the world of full-time, paid ministry and into the world of contract consultant work.  One of the resources I take in on a regular basis is John Jantsch’s Duct Tape Marketing Blog.  Its a fantastic resource for any small business marketer or a small business owner trying a “do it yourself” approach to marketing. Why am I writing about this here? The blog post I received in my inbox today, “Effective Planning Is About What to Leave Out”, caught my eye and, I believe, has great application for leaders of any organization (including churches and non-profits).  You can read the entire post by clicking on the title.  Its well worth it and a quick read.  Here’s a quick except that really sums the article up: There’s always more to do than you can possibly...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Small Group Resources |

5 Steps to Grow Your Group by August

5 Steps to Grow Your Group by August

“My group is excited about growing in Christ.  I have 3 apprentice couples in my group who lead on a rotation basis.” As we talked he explained that, based on the Disciple’s Health Survey, his group was really weak on what LifePoint calls “Influence” toward their unconnected/unchurched friends.  Influence means investing time and prayer in your friends, neighbors and co-workers and letting our relationship with Jesus become part of the conversations often. How can you increase the intentionality of your group on influence?  Here is an 8 month plan we put together to grow and/or start another small group. 1. Prayer time:  Ask your group often about their relationships with the unchurched. We suggest mentioning names or situations during prayer time in each small group gathering.  This will keep the important subject in the minds of your group, as well as give your group a chance to celebrate what God is doing in and through the lives of group members and friends. (Start January 8th) 2. Throw a party: ...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Small Group Resources |

Top 5 Icebreakers of 2011

Top 5 Icebreakers of 2011

Continuing our reflection on 2011, we’ve identified our top five most viewed icebreakers. Icebreakers include discussion starters and activities that get group members talking. They not only get good conversation going, but also help group members think about the topic for the night. Try these with your small group, and let us know your other favorites from the site. 1. What Does it Mean? by Tami Rudkin Group members evaluate the meaning of common catchphrases. 2. Recharging by Tami Rudkin How do you recharge your battery? 3. Faith Walk by Tami Rudkin What area of your life requires a great deal of faith? 4. Name Your Week by Tami Rudkin Describe your week using the letters of your first name. 5. Opposites by Tami Rudkin The group takes turns finding opposites to a specific word until someone is...

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