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Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Improving Communication

Improving Communication

Effective communication is essential to healthy small-group ministry. And it can be one of the most difficult tasks for small-group ministry leaders. You need to get your senior pastor and other church leaders on board, communicate your vision and purpose to small-group leaders, and communicate the value of small groups to church members. It’s a huge responsibility! In our most recent resource, Improving Communication for Effective Small-Group Ministry, Spence Shelton explains that clarity is critical, especially when you’re trying to explain the value of small-group ministry. Here’s an excerpt from his article “Get Your Church Leadership On Board.” I’ve found it easier to get key leaders on board when I am able to communicate the concept of small-group ministry in very clear language. As point people, it is our job to do all of the research, read all of the books, and work through all of the revisions of philosophy and strategy. You should spend time doing that hard work. In fact, this will make you a better leader...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Blog |

Family Ministry Innovations | Family Ministry InnovationLab

Family Ministry Innovations | Family Ministry InnovationLab

One of the things we discussed in the Family Ministry InnovationLab last week at Leadership Network was how churches can continue to innovate in Family Ministry.  As our InnovationLab came to a close, the Director, Sherry Surratt, did a great job of helping the teams think through how they can continue to develop their programs and be innovative when it comes to serving families.  In the words of the old proverb, we don’t want to just give these teams a fish, we want to teach them to fish. One of the pieces of feedback we received in regards to the innovation process in general was this: We’ve grown because we no longer fear change, but see the fun in it. We have more confidence because we made big changes during this last year and now know we can do it again. We FEEL more innovative because of this process, and our actions are following. To be innovative in anything, developing confidence is key.  Innovation involves risk, and it is common to see churches...

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

Growing Indifference Toward Faith

Growing Indifference Toward Faith

Our sister resource Out of Ur recently highlighted this short video of David Palau interviewing David Kinnaman of the Barna Group. Kinnaman shares that more and more the unchurched are simply indifferent to the church, and it’s a trend we’ll see continue to grow over the next 10 years. This poses big questions for the church: how do we reach a world who doesn’t care about us or our message? My question to you: what can small groups do in the face of this cultural shift to continue to introduce people to the love of Christ? Watch the video and share your thoughts with us below. Out of Ur is a blog of Leadership Journal that covers important news and challenges impacting the...

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Blog |

Future Multisite Leaders Meet Here | Leadership Network InnovationLab

Future Multisite Leaders Meet Here | Leadership Network InnovationLab

This week I’m in Dallas observing the Multisite Jumpstart Innovation Lab at Leadership Network. Six church teams from around the country will spend the next two days together developing their models and implementation plans for growing the Kingdom through a Multisite strategy. As part of our results-based innovation process, Kevin Penry from LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City, and Geoff Surratt formerly from Seacoast Church in the Carolinas will be sharing models, insights and experiences with these teams, challenging them to consider their vision, drivers, and assumptions related to their strategies.  In addition, we have an Adobe Connect online meeting with leaders from a variety of churches, including Cross Timbers Community Church, Seacoast Church, Christ the King Community Church, and Christ Fellowship. Leadership Network has served as a catalyst for the multisite “movement” since it’s inception. We continue to help churches considering and employing Multisite strategies accelerate their plans and multiply their impact. It will be exciting to see the visions God has given these men and women become road maps...

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Transparency leads to Transparency

Transparency leads to Transparency

It’s exciting to see a new small group form, especially when they are responding as a result of a church-wide campaign promotion which communicated the expectation for every adult to join a group.  The other ingredient that added to the excitement was the subject; a subject that the world speaks loudly and often, and yet the church usually avoids.  However, for this church, it has been the biggest connection subject in the last 6 years.  The campaign was “Sacred Sex: How to Experience a Little Heaven on Earth.” The group that came together that first night was diverse with couples, engaged couples, singles and divorced.  How would this work?  We had no idea, but it quickly became obvious that there was a purpose. In week 2, “The Naked Truth,” the opening question changed the group forever.  “According to Hollywood, reality TV, etc., what does the world list as the top three ingredients of good sex?” After a few moments of awkward silence, several expected answers surfaced.  Then a lady...

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