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Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

What Our Actions Say about Our Theology

What Our Actions Say about Our Theology

Let’s face it—most leaders are really busy people. We are not only small-group leaders, but also parents, sisters, brothers, friends, teachers, construction workers, pastors, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers (okay, maybe not that last one). All that to say, leading our weekly small group is usually not the only thing we have going on. And sometimes we get caught up in the busy-ness and forget about the mission: people. When I worked on a church staff, I heard more than a few pastors tell me that ministry would be super easy if it weren’t for the people (I admit I agreed some days!). But think about it. If it weren’t for the people, there wouldn’t be ministry. Ben Reed, a writer for SmallGroups.com, recently wrote on his blog that the way we treat people actually reveals our theology. Makes you wonder what your actions are revealing, doesn’t it? Read his post, and let us know what you think below. What have your actions been revealing about your theology? And...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Change, Who Me? Listen!

Change, Who Me? Listen!

I am a talker, an otter, a conference speaker, a coach, a father, a husband, a man.  With all of that comes the need/desire to talk, to advise, to suggest, to instruct, to speak, to challenge.  But inside of each of these categories is the need to listen.  In Matthew 4:19 Jesus clearly defines a disciple: Follow me...totally submit to his leadership, not just ‘get saved’ but letting him continually lead us. I will make you…his intention from the very beginning was to change us, no matter how “good” we were to begin with, he knows he will be changing us. Fishers of Men…taking on his mission as our own. In our disciple group we discussed this verse very personally.  Each of us had to tell what has changed in our life since becoming a Christ-follower.  That was rather easy.  But then we had to answer “What needs to change?”  This is where it got personal, because we can share in a bragging way what God had already changed...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Blog |

No Man (or Staff) Is an Island – New Leadership Network Blog Post

No Man (or Staff) Is an Island – New Leadership Network Blog Post

I have a new post that came out this week on the Leadership Network blog.  You can read the full No Man (or Staff) Is an Island post here. It deals with a cultural influence that not only impacts our leadership, but also our lives as friends, spouses, parents, and children.  Its the rugged individualism that permeates culture and creates an unhealthy sense of isolation in our homes, offices, churches, and neighborhoods.  We often look upon this quality as a strength, and it does have its strong points.  But there are inherent dangers as well.  Here’s a quick excerpt: The rugged individualism of our western culture would have us believe that we can do it all on our own. When faced with challenges, all I need to do is bear down, grit my teeth, and ‘do it my way’. The results, however, usually don’t line up with what we originally envisioned. What about you?  Do you find yourself trying to go it alone?  Do you have a healthy network...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Your Next Idea Should Be a ‘Flop’

Your Next Idea Should Be a ‘Flop’

The greatest ideas and latest innovations don’t always come by focusing solely on the goal.  They often come through careful observation of the subtle changes in the surrounding environment and deriving value out of things that others have overlooked.  For instance, no one in the world of competitive high jumping considered that changes to the landing surface could create opportunities for jumpers to soar to new heights.  That is, except for one below-average high school jumper named Fosbury. There were a lot of innovations taking place in the world of track and field during the 1960’s.  And while most high jumpers were focused on the new technology of lightweight shoes and other materials to help them get up over the bar, Dick Fosbury looked down to find inspiration and ideas.  The prevailing techniques of the day required jumpers to land on their feet because the primary landing surfaces were made of sawdust.  Not very forgiving.  But when a low-tech change was made to the landing pit, Fosbury saw what...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

How to Help the “Called”

How to Help the “Called”

What doses ‘called’ mean? We were having breakfast discussing his small group when he made a strong statement. He had every reason to feel good about his small group.  The weekly communication report often had a story of life change, of someone stepping up to serve, offer to lead, fix a meal, making a commitment to the group-their family-Christ. But he was holding back in our conversation. I could tell something was bugging him Then he made this statement, “I think I may be called to full-time vocational ministry.” That is a phrase that I am excited to say I have heard more than once recently.  It is a confusing statement when you make it for the first time, not really knowing what “called” means or implies for your future. We discussed why he felt that way.  I also shared from some of his recent reports stories that reinforced his thought and the need to take the next step toward full time ministry. Then we began to discuss strategy...

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