February 2010
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Twelve Global Online Gathering - "Phenomenal!" 


by Ron Wilbur


The Twelve global online gathering for small group ministries was a breakthrough conference in so many ways.

5,000 small group champions, pastors, lay leaders, and others interested in small group ministry from 21 countries came together online in this unique gathering in September. Over 200 churches streamed the conference to their gathered folks.

One segment of the attendees dug into the content in the Essentials Track, the transferrable principles of exponential small group ministry that God has been blessing in churches around the world. Angother segment participated in the Experience Track, with 16 top small group practitioners sharing their experiences in churches of different sizes and worship traditions.

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by Rick Warren

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This month is the final installment of this series on how to have a healthy mind. Thanks for joining me in this discussion. Now, let's wrap it up.



One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 20:5. It talks about the importance of asking questions. You can learn from anybody if you just learn the right kind of questions to ask. "The purposes of a man's heart are deep water but a man of understanding draws them out." In the heart of everybody there's something you can learn, there are some insights you can use because we've all had different experiences. A lot of times they're not there on the surface. You have to draw them out, like drawing water out of a well. How do you draw people out?

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Four Leadership Traits From Psalms

by Steve Gladen

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Psalm 119:65-72 gives great insight into the traits we need to lead small groups or a Small Group Ministry. Where are you strong? Where do you need to grow?


Psalm 119:65-72

New Living Translation (NLT)


65 You have done many good things for me, Lord,

 just as you promised. 

66 I believe in your commands;
 now teach me good judgment and knowledge.

67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me;

 but now I closely follow your word.

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by Steve Gladen250 Big Ideas (Steve's Tips)

A healthy diet is a balanced diet. A healthy small group is a balanced small group. Pass these tips along to your small groups to help them balance the biblical purposes in their


Fellowship - Fold index cards in half so they stand up. On one
side, write a fun and creative questions (Describe your favorite childhood pet? What was your wildest outfit as a teen? What tv character are you most like?). Place these cards on the chairs or on a table in front of each seat. When people sit down, have them read their card and, if the group isn't too big, share their answer with everyone. 

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By Lance WittStressed Man

Over the last few years my single most consistent prayer has been for spiritual courage. Being a coward comes quite naturally to me. I don't like to fight. I don't like rejection. I am definitely not a fan of pain. All of these are essential qualities of a coward. 

Seriously, as I look in the rearview mirror at more than thirty years of ministry, one of my regrets has to do with this issue of courage. My fear of people leaving our church, my fear of people not liking me, my fear of criticism, and my fear of the "old guard" often kept me from making courageous leadership decisions.

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Books, websites, and videos of interest to those directing small group ministries.

Group Talk: Six Ways To Find New Small Group Leaders with Mark Howell


by Jay Daniell


Where do I find more Group Leaders? Everyone leading the Small Group charge at their church has asked this question.  And it continues to be a challenge for us all.  Investigating creative ways to find new Small Group Leaders can open your eyes to new possibilities for you in your ministry.


On Monday, November 14, at 11:00 AM Central Time, Mark Howell and Jay Daniell will be discussing this exact issue on the next Group Talk Conference Call.  Mark is respected as a leading practitioner and blogger in the realm of Small Groups.  You can check him out at www.markhowelllive.com.

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