Be a Healthy LeaderBe a Healthy Leader
Are You an Unhealthy Leader?
Are You an Unhealthy Leader?
No well-intentioned leader would set out to lead this way, but it happens all the time.
Three Game-Changers for People-Pleasing Leaders
Three Game-Changers for People-Pleasing Leaders
Emotionally healthy leaders are fueled by healthy motivations.
Become a Transformational Leader
Become a Transformational Leader
Seven tips that allow leaders to influence their groups in powerful ways.
Go Deeper with Spiritual Disciplines
Go Deeper with Spiritual Disciplines
Everything you need to engage spiritual practices individually and in a group
Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders
Spiritual Disciplines for Leaders
Practices that can provide focus and refreshment for small-group ministry leaders
The Work That's Not in Your Job Description
The Work That's Not in Your Job Description
It’s the most important thing you can do for your ministry.
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Plan a One-Day Retreat for Leaders
Leaders need a break to re-focus and refresh.
Serve in Your Sweet Spot
Serve in Your Sweet Spot
Lean into your personality, strengths, and gifts.
Who's on Your Personal Board of Directors?
Who's on Your Personal Board of Directors?
Find the right people to help you serve effectively in your sweet spot.
Lead Like Jesus
Lead Like Jesus
How to focus on instinct, fruitfulness, and multiplication
Discover Your Leadership Style
Discover Your Leadership Style
Learn how to leverage your strengths.
Healthy Ministries Have Passionate Leaders
Healthy Ministries Have Passionate Leaders
Restore your passion for small groups.
Healthy Ministries Have Healthy and Growing Leaders
Healthy Ministries Have Healthy and Growing Leaders
Why investing in leaders should be a top priority
Healthy Leadership
Healthy Leadership
Your ministry is far too important to handle as an unhealthy leader.
Find Your Joy in God
Find Your Joy in God
Not in your work for him
Revisit the One Another Commands
Revisit the One Another Commands
28 verses to bring perspective
Ministry Alongside Jesus
Ministry Alongside Jesus
How to work with Jesus rather than for him
Lead with the Power of Jesus
Lead with the Power of Jesus
The difference between living for Jesus and living with Jesus
Small-Group Ministry Resolutions
Small-Group Ministry Resolutions
Start the new year with a new focus.
Why Should I Lead a Small Group?
Why Should I Lead a Small Group?
The challenges and benefits of this tough job.
Leading with Integrity
Leading with Integrity
How to live a life that matters
Share the Load
Share the Load
Dividing responsibilities not only eases your leadership burden, it helps your group members grow.
Silence and Solitude
Silence and Solitude
These spiritual disciplines supply fuel for the busy leader's soul.
Busyness Is Not a Spiritual Gift
Busyness Is Not a Spiritual Gift
'Wait' is a tough word to deal with in today's busy world.
Avoiding Burnout
Avoiding Burnout
Leadership and burnout don't have to be synonymous.
The Antidote to Burnout
The Antidote to Burnout
Abiding in Christ is our true responsibility.
Share the Ownership
Share the Ownership
Thirteen roles to get everyone involved
Small-Group Leader: You're Changing Lives!
Small-Group Leader: You're Changing Lives!
What you do has eternal significance.
Using Social Media Well
Using Social Media Well
Three keys to success
Prepare with Prayer
Prepare with Prayer
Don't leave out this important piece.
Eight Attributes of Healthy Small-Group Leaders
Eight Attributes of Healthy Small-Group Leaders
And healthy leaders lead healthy groups.
The Danger of Pragmatism
The Danger of Pragmatism
Why small-group staff must keep theology and praxis in the correct order
The Fruit of Solitude
The Fruit of Solitude
If the spiritual discipline of solitude doesn't impact real life, it's not worth much.
Recognizing When We're Dangerously Tired
Recognizing When We're Dangerously Tired
The difference between "good tired" and "dangerous tired"
Authentic Discipleship
Authentic Discipleship
Research shows that authenticity may be the most important factor for men.
Accountability for Church Leaders
Accountability for Church Leaders
Why and how to embrace this vital part of Christian life and leadership
Leadership Keys along the Way
Leadership Keys along the Way
Five insights from an experienced leader who learned the hard way
How to Beat Small-Group Burnout
How to Beat Small-Group Burnout
Be sure to take this good medicine for group leaders.
How to Share Ownership of Your Small Group
How to Share Ownership of Your Small Group
This is an important step for any small-group leader.
Why Leaders Don't Share Leadership
Why Leaders Don't Share Leadership
And why they should.
The Role of Hierarchy in Modern Discipleship
The Role of Hierarchy in Modern Discipleship
Does spiritual growth require a rabbi/disciple relationship?
Understanding Servant Leadership
Understanding Servant Leadership
How do those two words go together?
Leader: MIA
Leader: MIA
In order to be effective leaders, we must be present and honest about our lives.
Grace: How Affordable Is It?
Grace: How Affordable Is It?
And, as a leader, are you willing to pay the price?
Evaluations for Small-Group Leaders
Evaluations for Small-Group Leaders
Take a minute to give yourself and your group a quick checkup.
A Warning to Small-Group Leaders
A Warning to Small-Group Leaders
Beware of several bad habits that can knock you off track.
Introverts in the 'Imago Dei?'
Introverts in the 'Imago Dei?'
Our churches often confuse sociability for spirituality.
Wait For It …
Wait For It …
Why patience is a virtue in all areas of small-group leadership
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
A Small-Group Leader's Most Important Job
You can benefit from the surprising results of extensive research on small groups.
Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name
Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name
A spiritual retreat can quiet your soul and renew your faith.
Developing the Heart of a Shepherd
Developing the Heart of a Shepherd
Why it is vitally important that small-group leaders truly care
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Practical and helpful advice for a small group dealing with a tough situation
Cultivating a Tender Heart
Cultivating a Tender Heart
How group leaders can overcome a cynical attitude
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 2)
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 2)
What do people learn from you about the Christian life? Sometimes it's what you never intended to teach.
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray
What we can learn from the leading and prayer of Jesus
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 1)
Your Hidden Curriculum (part 1)
What do people learn from you about the Christian life? Sometimes it's what you never intended to teach.
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
Foundations of a Small-Group Leader
How to build and maintain a strong foundation for community ministry
The Friends of a Group Leader
The Friends of a Group Leader
Three different kinds of people you need in your life.
Resource Review: "The Small-Group Leader's Toolkit"
Resource Review: "The Small-Group Leader's Toolkit"
Dave Earley has put together a useful tool for group leaders and churches alike.
Stepping Down
Stepping Down
The "why" and "how" of removing yourself from small-group leadership
Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack
Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack
Evaluate your spiritual health.
Spiritual Disciplines for Church Leaders
Spiritual Disciplines for Church Leaders
It’s important to nurture spiritual disciplines unconnected to ministry.
Give Your Servant's Heart a Workout
Delegate leadership responsibilities and serve together to build group unity.
Coming Forth with Lazarus
Coming Forth with Lazarus
Understanding the Sabbath in light of God's sovereignty
Scripture Memory: A Missing Discipline
Scripture Memory: A Missing Discipline
Six benefits of hiding God's Word in your heart
Soul Care
Soul Care
Principles and practices to care for your soul and your group members' souls
Prayer Snares
Prayer Snares
Common habits and practices that can dull our conversations with God
Engaging God from the Heart
Finding personal transformation in adversity
When a Small-Group Leader is Running on Empty
Are empty tanks always meant to be filled?
Small Groups Sometimes Skip the Agenda
Small Groups Sometimes Skip the Agenda
Small-group agendas don't change people's lives. Christ does.
From Host to Spiritual Leader
The Host Home Strategy is transforming a new wave of leadership.
Spiritual Responsibility at the Small-Group Leader Level
Somewhere between "hands on" and "hands off" lies the key to a balance in authority.
Do You Have Great Expectations?
Expecting God to work is most important piece of seeing him work.
Healthy Small Groups
Healthy Small Groups
Evaluate whether your group is healthy and take action to move it in the right direction.
Ministry Blah
Respond well when you are having a difficult time in your place of ministry.
Biblical Principles for Pastoral Care in Small Groups
When leaders understand what is and is not expected of them, they are more at ease.
Not All Small-Group Leaders Are Shepherds…and That’s OK!
We need to break the leadership mold that has been cast around the spiritual gift of a shepherd.
What Christian Counselors Say About Small Groups
Small-Group Leaders often don't feel they qualify for counseling; what do Christian counselors say?
Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation
Practical ways for small groups to find a better rhythm with God
Six Habits of a Healthy Small-Group Leader
Great leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they have these practices in common.
Priorities
How Jesus avoided the, “I don’t have time for a small group” dilemma
Dying to My "Accomplished" Self
To fulfill God's purposes sometimes we have to let go of our own.
Mission Possible
Sheperding people may not be as complicated as you think.
The Role of the Small Group Pastor
All successful discipleship and leadership development flows from healthy relationships.
Protecting the Marriages & Families of Your Small-Group Leaders
Sometimes, the very systems we put in place to encourage strong marriages have the unintended effect of hurting the couples who are leading them.
Five Habits of Effective Small Group Coaches
Coaching can be boiled down to the word itself.
Bye-Bye Coaches
How we moved to a more relational small group support system
Ways to Get Coaching When You Don’t Have a Coach
To get the support you need, you sometimes have to seek it out.
Small-Group Leader Myths
Several potential leaders aren't leading because they've embraced common myths—dispel those myths with biblical truths.
Plugging the Leadership Leak
Why leaders need to set an example of community.
Are You Tired Yet?
Since I was overwhelmed myself, I decided to poll pastors around the country about their workload. Here's what I found.
From Bargainer to Believer
A near-death experience caused Dennis to take God's leading more seriously.
Five Essentials For Small Group Health
How to keep your groups growing vibrantly.
Quantity and Quality
You don't have to sacrifice one for the other.
Three Ways To Get Small Groups Going
Learn how to lead in a way that sets your small groups up for success.
Launching Community
Before you start a small-group ministry make sure you believe in it.
Learning to Trust
Being faithful to God is important, even when it's not easy.
Share the Load
Dividing responsibilities not only eases your leadership burden, it helps your group members grow.
The Five "Ms" Every Leader Should Know
How to shepherd your flock.
Small-Group Leader, the Anti-Hero
No one should have to sacrifice themselves for the success of the group.
Leaders as Spiritual Coaches
All leaders ultimately need to serve as spiritual coaches for whatever group of people they are leading.
Why Small Groups Are a Big Deal
Seven things every pastor needs to know about the emergence of small-group ministry.
Small-Group Leader's Role in the Group Member's Spiritual Growth
Small-Group Leaders are in the most strategic position in the church to effect real, lasting life change and spiritual growth.
The Small-Group Leader as a FRIEND
The role of a Small-Group Leader can be summed up by one word: friend.
Ask Yourself
Ten growth questions leaders need to be asking themselves.
A "Faith-Oriented" Leader
Values, goals, and feedback drive great leaders and great groups.
Barrier-Breaking Small-Group Leaders "Go First!"
If you want to take your group to higher levels of growth, maturity, and mission—you have to go there first.
Competing for Channel Capacity
Creating healthy spans of care
One of the Lucky Ones
How to bless others—and yourself—through effective mentoring.
Energy Bars for the Soul
Serving others can renew your own energy.
Care for Your Soul
Taking daily time to care for your own soul will make the rest of your day go more smoothly.
Jesus Withdrew
If we choose not to replenish ourselves at the well of His goodness we will suffer a life of spiritual dehydration.
The Pastor Next Door
Our neighbor was so busy doing ministry that he had no time to meet or interact with his neighbors.
Effective on Purpose
A small group’s effectiveness lies in the leader knowing and living God’s purpose for their small group.
Spiritual Growth Online
Growthfinder is an online tool that will help you assess your spiritual health.
Moving from Teaching to Obedience
Leaders must live a life worth imitating.
Ministering to the Ministers
The important role of caring for your cell leaders
Between the Small Group Meetings
Many of us take on too much and get burnt out; here are some responsibilities you shouldn't be taking on.
Touching the Heart of the True Shepherd
Loving God through prayer will lead to stronger, healthier groups, and draw unbelievers towards God.
Discovering your Oikos
Identify your sphere of influence
The Leader's Mission
If you are too busy to spend time with God, you are too busy!
Finding My Place
Leaders weren't meant to do everything.
The Worn-Out Leader
For some reason, many leaders feel that in order to be the leader, they must do and be responsible for everything.
Teaching by Example
Your example can show others real Christianity at work.
Extra Grace Required
Groups can take a lot of work—what to do when you're just plain burnt out.
The Ministry of the Co-leader
I’m a firm believer in co-leaders for several reasons.
The Value of Reports
In your journey to become a cell group, it's helpful to measure the steps you've taken.
Starting Right
Sometimes in the process of planning a new group, we forget the most important element: prayer.
Finding the Time to Be a Leader
In today's busy world, how do you get leaders to make time for leadership?
Four Traits of Good Leaders
Small group members listed what's most important to them.
Team Tune Up
Stay on track through self-critique.
The Importance of Evaluation
Once your group gets rolling, it's easy to just let it be.