The Essence of Small Groups

March 29, 2007 | Comments Off on The Essence of Small Groups

“It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep together, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other, to grow together. Growth doesn’t happen in […]


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It’s a –Book!

March 28, 2007 | 8 Comments

Early this morning my supply of Why Didn’t You Warn Me? arrived. It looks great! And just in time for the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I leave tomorrow and will be there for five days. I’m so excited that the book arrived in time to take it and share with my fellow writers. Special […]


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Getting Everyone Involved in Small Group Leadership

March 27, 2007 | Comments Off on Getting Everyone Involved in Small Group Leadership

Jim Semradek at Big Ideas for Small Groups offers two tips for avoiding leader burnout by sharing the load. He recommends that every small group leader: •    Identify each member’s spiritual gifts through completing a spiritual gift’s inventory. •    Share the leadership, making sure that each member leads at least once during the course of […]


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Kendi Tremmel, a small group leader at National Community Church in Washington, DC. shares some of those things that no one ever warned her about. Although she’s talking about junior high leadership, leading adult small groups isn’t much different. Here are the headers. Read the whole post here. When stepping into leadership, don’t expect reward […]


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Newsletter Debuts

March 23, 2007 | Comments Off on Newsletter Debuts

The March Mighty Oak Ministries newsletter is now posted online. Just click the Newsletters link on the toolbar. If you want to receive it by email in the future, be sure to sign up in the right sidebar. (Be sure to click the link in the confirming email you receive. Otherwise your subscription won’t be […]


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Developing a Vision When You’re Not a Visionary

March 22, 2007 | Comments Off on Developing a Vision When You’re Not a Visionary

You’re a leader, but you’re not a visionary. What do you do? Kevin Miller, Vice President of Christianity Today, has written an excellent article with six tips and lots of examples to help leaders develop and follow their vision. These are tips that are can actually help lay people do their ministry better. . He […]


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Five Keys to Success

March 20, 2007 | Comments Off on Five Keys to Success

Fletcher Mike, a volunteer leader, offers Five Keys to Success in Church Leadership. He encourages volunteers to remember these tips: • Step #1: Pace yourself – See Heb 12:1, 1Thes 5:8, Eph 5:15 • Step #2: Know what your job is… and what it isn’t – See Gal. 1:10, Luke 6:40 • Step #3: Recognize […]


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The other side of Judy’s question last week is how she and/or other group members could have reacted. That’s the hard part. When we’re insulted or misunderstood, or when a person behaves badly, as Judy’s leader did, the problem is that we’re often caught off guard. We’re so shocked we don’t know how to react, […]


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When the Leader is the Problem

March 15, 2007 | Comments Off on When the Leader is the Problem

Judy asked about the leader who is a challenge. She said, “I’ve attended a group where the leader is so “gungho” that the attendees feel like their comments are an interruption. And at times she rejects their comment and rewords it. An example: I said I had felt envious of someone about something; she immediately […]


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Everywhere I go and talk about my new book people tell me about the challenging person in their small group. Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging Group Members identifies 18 types of challenging people and offers insights into how to lead your group while helping them learn to be more functional. […]


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