It is my pleasure to welcome my friend and mentor, Michael Mack as today’s guest blogger. Mike is the author of  I’m a Leader . . . Now What? How to Guide an Effective Small Group and editor of the Help! Guide series, of which Why Didn’t You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging […]


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A Commentary on the Psalms (Vol 3)

August 2, 2016 | Comments Off on A Commentary on the Psalms (Vol 3)

As a teacher, trainer, and leader, I love having an excellent library at my fingertips—that way I can write or prep at midnight. Over the years, I’ve been able to build just such a library. Recently I was delighted to add a new commentary: A Commentary on the Psalms: 90-150 (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Allen […]


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A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. That’s how I felt before I took New Testament Greek 1 in seminary. And frankly, it’s how I felt when I finished Greek 1. As a Bible study leader and writer, I would use the English/Greek tools and hope I was getting it right. I thought Greek […]


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As many small groups begin in September, new leaders may face some trepidations, especially when facing that awkward, sometimes frightening, first small group meeting. They may wonder: How do I get started? Can I really lead a group? What if my first meeting is a flop and no one comes back?? What was I thinking, […]


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On his blog, Small Group Leadership, my friend Michael Mack quotes Donald Miller’s interview of Jim Lehrer. Miller asked Lehrer how to moderate a political debate, and Mack applies the same approach to small group leadership. He says there are two keys to moderating any discussion: 1. The focus is on the participants, not the […]


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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 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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What to Look for in a Co-Leader

February 20, 2007 | Comments Off on What to Look for in a Co-Leader

Who would be a good co-leader? Your co-leader should have a good mix of leadership qualities. However, they may be dormant or under-developed. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to identify POTENTIAL–and then to help that potential develop into leadership. You’ll want to try to select someone you feel has gifts, talents, […]


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The Ministry of a Co-Leader

February 19, 2007 | Comments Off on The Ministry of a Co-Leader

Kathleen wrote, I am wondering what you think about co-leading a small group. Is it wise to have two leaders, or is better to have one person? As we are forming our small groups, we are trying to decide if two are better than one, or if the conflicts in personality might be more trouble […]


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