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Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

eBook Project

eBook Project

A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in an eBook project.  The goal was to create a free, useful tool for growing churches that would address a variety of key, common opportunities and obstacles leaders face.  I was honored to participate and look forward to the completion of my first “published” work.  I’ll let you know when its out (and how you can get a copy). My chapter is focused on developing a “Killer Digital Strategy” for churches.  My emphasis will be on observations from dozens of conversations with church leaders and Kingdom-minded technologists around the world, as well as an effective process teams can follow to develop a new digital strategy or evaluate their current strategy.  As a companion to my chapter, I created a sample agenda that can really be used with any topic.  I thought I would share that tool here so that anyone could grab it and put it to use.  I would love your feedback.  If you have any questions about it,...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

New! Bible Study Basics: Philippians

New! Bible Study Basics: Philippians

Since introducing our Bible Study Basics in July, they’ve quickly become some of our most popular Bible studies. So we’ve introduced another one this week on Philippians. Walk through all four chapters with your group by choosing interesting icebreakers and engaging questions. Plus, we’ve included a menu of application points to help group members apply what they’ve learned. The aim of all our Bible Study Basics is to get your group members into God’s Word, discovering together what it says, and applying God’s truth to their lives. Philippians covers topics like living a life worthy of the gospel, having the mindset of Christ, doing everything without grumbling, and more. Watch the video below to better understand our Bible Study...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Socialize Me!

Socialize Me!

This morning I heard some strange sounds coming from the bathroom as my daughter was preparing for school.  Now, as the father of a near-teen daughter, I’ve come to learn you have to approach situations like this very carefully.  There can be a great deal of emotional fallout if discretion is ignored.  So I led in with a safe question: “Is everything ok in there?” What I found was that my daughter was brushing her teeth…with a friend…over FaceTime.  Back in the olden days when you had to actually be physically present with someone to in order to hang out, I can’t recall ever brushing my teeth with a friend, at least not as a social engagement.  Perhaps its a ‘girl thing’, which I am forever doomed to misunderstand, or maybe its a sign of our times.  It seems that everything that can be “socialized” through various digital channels will be.  Good or bad, right or wrong, its the world we live in.  One thing it tells me is that...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Highlights from the Global Leadership Summit

Highlights from the Global Leadership Summit

I really enjoyed my time at the Global Leadership Summit this year, and I was busy tweeting some of my most memorable lines so you could share in the fun. After a week of processing and thinking through the information, I have to say that I learned a lot. I was so encouraged to hear powerful women speaking on important topics. And hearing from a pastor from Kenya was enlightening. I loved the different styles of teaching, even if they felt a bit jarring one right after another. Most of all, I was encouraged that so many were taking leadership development—discipleship—so seriously. It’s a critical function of the church, and a main objective of small-group ministry. Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek, vulnerably shared how his leadership team has been struggling to be healthy for years. But now, finally at a healthy place, he can look back and share wisdom from his mistakes. He reminded attendees that real, healthy leadership takes more courage than you think,...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Take Heart

Take Heart

Right about now, you’re probably feeling a little stress. School is starting, the church calendar is ramping up, and the start of groups is right around the corner. There’s so much to do in so little time. And you may begin wondering whether small groups are worth all the effort. Take heart. The ministry you do by leading a small group is incredibly important. By leading a group of people, facilitating meaningful discussion in meetings, and empowering everyone to take next steps, you are working alongside God in the mysterious work of life transformation. While it’s not easy work, it’s beneficial kingdom work, and the Holy Spirit guides us as we minister. Spend an extra measure of time in prayer this week, laying your fears, anxieties, and worries before God. Trust that he will work through you as you lead. For practical tips on leading a group focused on life transformation, use our newly updated Growing Small Groups Training Theme. You’ll find a devotion, assessments, case studies, and how-to...

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