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The 10 Best Icebreaker Questions

When people come to your small group their hearts and minds are all over the place. Maybe they are afraid of losing their job, maybe they just had an argument with their spouse, perhaps they are concerned about a wayward teenage child, or they are just excited about their favorite sports team winning a crucial […]

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7 Great Icebreaker Questions to Use When Launching a New Group

Last month I started two new groups—a men’s discipleship group and an advanced leadership training group. When I launch a new small group, class, or training group, I like to ask several icebreaker questions the first meeting as well as casting vision and outlining expectations for the group. Asking a few icebreaker questions builds community, opening […]

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4 Reasons Why Praying Leaders Have Faster Growing Groups

One of the most significant findings from my research involving over 4000 small group leaders is that praying leaders have faster growing groups. I’ve always been intrigued by this. Why does something that no one sees—the leader’s personal time with God and their prayer for their group—impact a small group’s growth so significantly? I think […]

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Why I Quit Doing 1-on-1 Discipleship

For years I was a strong proponent and practitioner of one-on-one discipleship. I loved working with new believers and emerging leaders in this way, watching their lives change in this powerful context. I was not only a practitioner of one-on-one discipleship, I also taught others how to do it and I co-authored a best-selling and […]

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The 4 Levels of Relationship in Jesus’ Ministry & Yours

Jesus’ ministered to people at four relational levels. Understanding these levels is pivotal to having the same impact that he had. The four levels can be illustrated by concentric circles.  The Four Levels of Relationship In the widest circle, Jesus’ ministered to the crowds—preaching, teaching, healing, casting out demons, contending with opponents, etc. Within that […]

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