If you just started a new group, it may feel like it’s too early to begin asking your group members to do some of the tasks that make group happen. It’s not.
If your group isn't living jaw-dropping stories of amazing life-change, that's okay. In fact, it's normal.
Most of our spiritual growth happens through small steps of faith, so how can you recognize what’s worth celebrating?
If you don't have an apprentice, your primary goal as you end remains the same: making sure everyone in your current group has a clear next step for remaining in community.
Ending your group may not go as planned (in fact, it's likely you'll be met with some surprises along the way). But you're doing a good work. Remember that.
The great thing about small group is the opportunity to create a space to encourage and celebrate each other, no matter the circumstance.
An invitation to apprentice can be meaningful, encouraging, and inspiring if you do a few simple things,
Asking a group member to be your apprentice can be awkward—too formal and serious in what is otherwise a comfortable friendship. But it doesn't have to be that way.
From spiritual practices and the books of the Bible to career challenges and establishing guardrails, there are a variety of studies that are just a click away.
You are the best leader when you’re leading, in both the everyday moments and the tough seasons, with a posture that reflects humility, intentionality, teachability, and curiosity.
How often do we use words or phrases in our groups that not everyone understands? It's especially important to watch out for this kind of thing when new believers or non-believers are in your circle.
If Jesus told us to expect grief and loss, why is it so difficult when we find ourselves grieving? Why do we have such a hard time comforting others when they are grieving?
If you're intentional about it, December can be one of the best times of the year to build relationships in your group.
We've created a number of one-session studies and activities. They're short, but they're not throwaways. In fact, they can set the tone for future studies by helping you connect more deeply while learning important stuff about yourselves and one another.
Teachable leaders are aware of their own room for growth. That awareness makes them better equipped to help others grow.
Practicing curiosity is simple, but it takes practice. All you have to do is spend more time asking questions than you do offering your opinion or perspective.
Being intentional just means making sure the group is more than a series of random interactions between its members. No one is happy in a random group because no one grows or feels challenged.