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Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

How Do You Train Small-Group Leaders?

How Do You Train Small-Group Leaders?

SmallGroups.com needs your help! We want to better serve small-group leaders, coaches, directors, coordinators, and pastors. But in order to that, we need to know more about how you lead your ministry. Take our short survey on how you train small-group leaders, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Building a Life-Changing Small Group Ministry by Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson. Take the survey...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Blog, Life, Media |

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

If you haven’t found TED yet, you need to today.  Just click on the link.  I really can’t begin to describe the breadth of knowledge, insight, and inspiration that can be gained while watching the videos and reading the blog articles.  But beware: you can get lost in it all!  My friend and colleague, Eric Swanson, has spent time this year watching one TED video each day (on average, anyway).  You can learn some of his preliminary findings here. This video by Benjamin Zander is one of my favorites.  It hits me on so many levels: as a husband, a father, and a leader.  Watch this video and reflect on the questions below: What About You? What are the “big ideas” that stand out to you from this video? How would your leadership be different if you focused more on awakening potential in others rather than relying on your own strength? How would YOU be different if you believed everyone loved what you have to offer, they just didn’t...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Resource Review: ‘Field Guide for Small Group Leaders’

Resource Review: ‘Field Guide for Small Group Leaders’

All small-group leaders have something in common: that moment we find ourselves in a panic wondering what we’ve gotten ourselves into. And chances are, as you prepared for your first meeting, those feelings were strong. How in the world do I structure my meetings? How do I come up with good questions? How do I get people to talk? New leaders these days are lucky—they can use Sam O’Neal’s Field Guide for Small Group Leaders to give them expert advice and calm their nerves. And veteran leaders can benefit from it, too—there’s so much to learn and brush up on. O’Neal covers everything from the role of leaders and learning styles to crafting meaningful meetings and handling unwanted surprises. The book is divided into three helpful sections: Mapping the Terrain (the basics of the leader’s role), Planning Your Route (crafting a great meeting with focus, activities, and discussion questions), and Hitting the Trail (leading the meeting and troubleshooting issues). One of the most helpful tips I found in the...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog |

The Profile of a Leader

The Profile of a Leader

I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to be a part of one of the E2 equipping workshops led by Vernon and Charlene Armitage at our church in Arlington, the North Davis Church of Christ.  Vernon and Charlene are guiding our leadership as we walk through a 12-month process to help us develop the culture and structures necessary to become an equipping church. During the workshop, Vernon and Charlene shared a great deal of information with us.  One tool in particular, entitled “The Profile of a Leader: How to Spot a Leader”, came from a tool Vernon developed for John Maxwell’s book Developing the Leaders Around You.  This very simple instrument utilizes 25 quality characteristics of a leader or potential leader, asking you to rank their ability in each area on a scale from 1-4. As Vernon was reviewing this tool with our leadership team and ministry leaders, he asked a very simple question: “When it comes to identifying and developing leaders, which one of these do...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Small Group Resources |

Emotional Sensitivity

Emotional Sensitivity

In our newest Assessment Pack, you’ll learn whether your group is building accountability. Included are seven assessments for you to evaluate the group and three assessments to give to group members for self-assessment. You’ll discover if your group members are deepening relationships with one another, if you’ve created a safe environment for accountability, if you’re listening well to your group members, and more. Mark Bonham explains that it’s very important for you and your group members to be emotionally sensitive in order to create an environment safe for accountability. Here’s a short excerpt from his assessment. Do you show sensitivity when you respond to group members? Rate yourself between one and five (1=Never True, 3=Sometimes True, 5=Always true). ____I don’t jump to advice-giving. ____I give the sharer space and time to find his or her own answers. ____I never push into others’ stories when it’s clearly unwanted. ____I share by using “I” statements and without placing blame. ____I don’t minimize hurts by explaining them away or ignoring them. ____I...

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