Leading Challenging People

May 31, 2007 | Comments Off on Leading Challenging People

I was exited to see that CT’s BuildingSmallGroups.com reprinted my book’s last chapter, The Challenge of Challenging People, on it’s website. This article offers practical advice for those willing to minister at the margins. It’s an important read for those who are experienced enough to take on a group of challenging people. Yep, you heard […]

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Getting Along with Difficult People

May 30, 2007 | Comments Off on Getting Along with Difficult People

Rick Warren has weighed with four skills to deal with difficult people. He lists seven types he calls troublemakers: * THE SHERMAN TANK – will run over you if you let him. * THE MEGAPHONE – will talk your ear off. * THE BUBBLE BUSTER – deflates everyone’s enthusiasm. * THE VOLCANO – has a […]

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Queen of the Castle

May 29, 2007 | Comments Off on Queen of the Castle

Are you ready for a break? Here’s a change of pace for our female leaders who need a bit of encouragement or who lead women’s groups. I just received a fun book called Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker by Lynn Bowen Walker. […]

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Five Strategies for Effective Discussions

May 24, 2007 | Comments Off on Five Strategies for Effective Discussions

Matthew Anderson at Mere Orthodoxy suggests five strategies for setting clear expectations for a discussion. While he’s focused more on students, many of the suggestions apply to adult small groups as well. He recommends: 1. Praise good things liberally. 2. Tell people what the expectations are. 3. Be appropriately stern with people who “act out […]

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Goddess Spirituality in your Group?

May 22, 2007 | Comments Off on Goddess Spirituality in your Group?

As you lead small groups, especially if they’re seeker groups, you will eventually encounter the challenge of  people who have chosen to follow the Goddess or feminine spirituality. With the popularity of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, there has been an increased interest in goddess worship. If you’re like me, this is an area […]

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Barna Shows Americans Are Spiritually Active, But Biblical Views Wane

May 21, 2007 | Comments Off on Barna Shows Americans Are Spiritually Active, But Biblical Views Wane

The Barna Annual Tracking Survey indicates that while Americans remain spiritually active, but are becoming less orthodox in their beliefs. The Barna study, which began exploring the nation’s religious behavior and beliefs in 1984, shows that commitment to orthodox biblical perspectives is slipping in a number of areas. For example, the study indicated that “most […]

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Seeker Small Groups in SF Bay Area

May 20, 2007 | Comments Off on Seeker Small Groups in SF Bay Area

When I attended the Fuller Seminary (Northern California) breakfast last week, Mary Schaller spoke about her ministry. Mary is head of Seeker Ministries, which I referred to in my last post. She and Garry Poole from Willow Creek are working in the SF Bay area to start Seeker Small Groups. They had set a goal […]

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Mary Schaller at SeekerMinistries offers a great quote by Elizabeth O’Connor, author of the classic Journey Inward, Journey Outward “Modern psychology has made us aware that we become individuals in relationship with others and that where there is no genuine community the self is damaged and grows in crooked ways….when the church wakes again it […]

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In a follow-up to my post on Chronically Ill are a Challenging Group, I want to alert you that May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Read more about the symptoms of fibromyalgia (FMS) and please be gentle with those who tell you they have this disease or others with invisible symptoms. I had FMS for […]

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Make Sure You Aren’t the Challenging Member!

May 10, 2007 | Comments Off on Make Sure You Aren’t the Challenging Member!

David Rudd at Creative Community offers a review of a chapter called “Four Easy Ways to Ruin a Small Group” from the book Why Small Groups by Mark Mullery. If you want to ruin your group, here are four ways! 1. Do it all yourself. Don’t give leadership or responsibility to others. Allow the people […]

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