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Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Blog |

Multisite Movement Continues to Build Momentum (Infographic)

Multisite Movement Continues to Build Momentum (Infographic)

If you didn’t catch the news last week released by my colleague Warren Bird (Leadership Network), the number of multisite churches in North America now exceeds 5000.  That’s a pretty significant statistic considering that when Leadership Network engaged pioneering multisite church leaders just over 10 years ago, there were only about 50 such churches. This week, Rich Birch (Liquid Church), friend of Leadership Network and great resource for our recent Campus Pastor Virtual InnovationLab, posted a great infographic representing the big news.  Thought you would enjoy this: Is your church part of the 5000+ multisite churches in North America?  What are you learning about this model? More Resources Multisite Momentum Blog Post | Chris Mattix Multisite Next Decade – Rural Blog Post | Greg Ligon Multisite Church Revolution | Book Multisite Church Road Trip |...

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

Don’t Underestimate the Environment

Don’t Underestimate the Environment

Many times when small-group leaders prepare for a meeting, they focus on looking at the study, praying, and formulating questions—all keys to preparing for a life-changing discussion. But there’s something else that needs our attention, too: the meeting environment. Setting the right tone for the meeting has a lot to do with the physical environment. Joel Comiskey offers several considerations when preparing the meeting space in his article “How to Prepare for Small-Group Meetings” from our resource Leading 101: Seating Arrange the seating so each person can see every other person in the group. A circle is the best choice. As the leader, place your chair on the same level as the rest of those in the group—neither as the focal point nor in the background. If your home is spacious, move the chairs into a close circle, thus occupying only a portion of the room. When people are spread far apart, it’s harder to openly share thoughts and feelings. Some people feel intimidated about opening their homes because...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Fall Is Quickly Approaching

Fall Is Quickly Approaching

As churches around the country gear up for the fall ministry launch, we hope you’re excited and well on your way to being prepared to launch your group or small-group ministry. Fall is a great time to launch groups—it’s a time when lots of new people come to church, lots of old people return to church, and people are forming their regular schedules for the rest of the school year. And a return to regular schedules means it’s easier for potential group members to commit to a small group because they know when they’re available to meet So what are you doing to prepare for the fall? Do you have any official launch activities planned? Do you spend extra time training leaders? Do you have a fun BBQ planned for your small group? For lots of resources on launching and relaunching, click here. Let us know what you’re doing to prepare for the fall...

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

Challenging Situations

Challenging Situations

Growth requires that our normal ways are challenged—the way we think, the things we value, the amount of money we spend at Target. Without feeling challenged, we simply continue in our same routines. While most of us would say we want to grow spiritually, how many of us take off running any time we’re challenged? We make our lives as comfortable, conflict free, and full of luxuries as we can. As I’ve studied spiritual formation, I’ve learned that we need disequilibrating experiences, things that shake up our norm enough to make space for the Spirit. (That’s why spiritual disciplines like fasting are so great—they force us to change up our routines.) The problem is that even when we aren’t actively seeking out comfort, American culture throws plenty of comfort and convenience our way. Think about it: How many people in the world can drive 10 miles or less to a grocery store which has produce year-round from around the world, regardless of natural growing seasons? It’s easy to take...

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

Reflecting on What It Means to Be Missional

Reflecting on What It Means to Be Missional

We’re putting on the finishing touches to our yearly digizine, and I’m so excited for you to see it. It will be available on August 7, so keep your eyes open for a blog post announcing its arrival. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak. Our digizine, The Meaning of Missional, is all about what it means to live missionally, especially as a small group. And we have articles from people who have been leading the way in missional small groups including Alan Danielson of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma, Carter Moss of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, and Scott Nelson of ForgeAmerica. I also had the privilege of interviewing Scott Boren, author of MissioRelate and Missional Small Groups. He’s been part of missional small groups for a long time, and he’s passionate about helping churches move their small groups toward missional living. We talked about the many challenges of missional living and what it will take for small groups to...

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