Lead Like a Shepherd

September 21, 2007 | Comments Off

Heather Zempel has done it again with her post on ZoneGathering, the blog of National Community Church in DC. This time she writes about the leader as a shepherd, and discusses how the character of a shepherd will provide superior oversight for his or her sheep. She suggests three characteristics of a good shepherd leader: […]

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Greg has a great article on developing apprentices for small groups at Dying of Thirst. He uses the acronym FAITH, which I like a lot better than the FAT I used in my original list in my first book, Small Group Bible Studies: How to Lead Them (Standard Publishing, 1991). He suggests that a leaders […]

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The Columbo Tactic

September 18, 2007 | Comments Off

We recently attended the California Christian Apologetics Conference in Fremont and enjoyed several wonderful speakers. One was Greg Koukl, founder of Stand to Reason ministry, whose goal is to train Christians to be capable ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) with knowledge (an accurately informed mind), wisdom (an artful method), and character (an attractive manner). […]

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Book Signing at The Door

September 11, 2007 | Comments Off

I just returned from a wonderful event at The Door Christian Bookstore in San Carlos, our local Christian bookstore. Kathy Dunn (below), the new owner, has wanted to do more than sell books. She wants to build community within the local Body of Christ. So she invited me to do a book signing and mini-workshop […]

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Community

September 6, 2007 | 3 Comments

Mary DeMuth in her book Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture writes: Community shapes our souls. The people around us sharpen our hearts, sand off our rough edges, and love us when we’re unlovely. I venture to say we cannot grow in our walks with Jesus outside of it. If we isolate ourselves, our souls […]

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I received this article from Fran Goodrich, Editor of the Neighborhood bible Studies e-helps. Makes a lot of sense to me! I was waiting in line at the grocery store, vacantly perusing the magazines to my right when the above title jerked me to attention. My first thought was, “Is it diet or exercise?” But […]

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CTs Outreach site has an interesting article called Fix My Small Group! by Keri Wyatt Kent. She addresses six problems that are common to small groups, including lack of authentic fellowship, lack of structure, lack of solid leadership, lack of commitment, lack of outreach, and lack of open groups. She offers some good pointers to […]

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