Happy New Year

December 31, 2007 | Comments Off on Happy New Year

As we enter 2008, I want to wish you a very happy and healthy new year. May it be your best yet—a year filled to the brim with joy, health, purpose, and contentment. May the problems and concerns that have plagued you in 2007 melt away in 2008. May you learn more about yourself, your […]

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007 | Comments Off on Merry Christmas

I want to wish a belated Merry Christmas to all of you, my wonderful readers. I hope that you can take time to enjoy time with family and friends.

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Four Types of Groups–Part 4

December 13, 2007 | Comments Off on Four Types of Groups–Part 4

Action Groups An action group is one that comes together for a different purpose, but that incorporates many of the elements of small groups, especially community. For example, a choir can be a choir, or a choir that shares a brief Bible study, prayer requests, or care for one another. This type of group is […]

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Four Types of Groups–Part 3

December 12, 2007 | Comments Off on Four Types of Groups–Part 3

Focused Groups This is the type we are in now. Our group came together during a Purpose Driven Life focus and found that we have a lot in common. We are all older and new empty nesters. We’ve all been involved in active ministry for what seems like forever, and we’ve each gone through some […]

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Four Types of Groups–Part 2

December 11, 2007 | Comments Off on Four Types of Groups–Part 2

Closed, Limited Duration Discipleship Groups These have been my favorite types of group over the years, meeting for a specified time and having a closed membership during that time. These groups may meet for anywhere from six weeks to a year. They’re perfect for the September to June schedule or the quarter schedule many churches […]

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Four Types of Groups–Part 1

December 10, 2007 | Comments Off on Four Types of Groups–Part 1

Do you have groups for every need? Do you know that when it comes to small groups, one style won’t fit everyone? As I’ve led groups over the years, I’ve identified four types of groups. If you have some of each in your church, your ministry will be more effective than if you have only […]

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Keeping Your Small Group Small

December 9, 2007 | Comments Off on Keeping Your Small Group Small

Jamie commented on my last post. I thought her question was worth bringing up and answering on a main post. She said, Curious: how do you count “people” in a couples group? Six would be way too small, because if one couple misses, you’ve lost a third of the group. But we currently have better […]

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It seems that most of what I read about small groups these days focuses on cell groups—that is, groups with a focus on “the empty chair,” on multiplication. While such groups are wonderful they aren’t the only type of effective group. Cell groups focused on multiplication are an excellent evangelism tool. They’re essential if your […]

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