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Invite Group Members to Share Deeply
Invite Group Members to Share Deeply
3 key skills to create a safe environment for small groups
How to Increase Regular Commitment to Small Groups
How to Increase Regular Commitment to Small Groups
4 principles we can learn from the early church
The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
The Essential Guide for Small-Group Leaders
A new tool for your entire team from Bill Search!
Small Group Drudgery
Small Group Drudgery
Practical solutions for meetings that fall flat
How to Respond to Mental Illness
How to Respond to Mental Illness
Practical, healthy ways to help people in your small group who are affected by mental illness
What Did I Get Myself Into?
What Did I Get Myself Into?
5 tips for when you start to panic about being a small-group leader
How Should I Handle Issues with Group Dynamics?
How Should I Handle Issues with Group Dynamics?
Strategically lead your meetings so everyone feels safe, heard, and valued.
Can I Ask Someone to Leave My Small Group?
Can I Ask Someone to Leave My Small Group?
Discerning the answer to this complex question
5 Ways Small Groups Can Handle Summer
5 Ways Small Groups Can Handle Summer
Practical ideas beyond the meet or don’t meet debate
When a Same-Sex Married Couple Attends Your Small Group
When a Same-Sex Married Couple Attends Your Small Group
Is it okay to welcome a gay couple to your group?
5 Threats to Healthy Small Groups
5 Threats to Healthy Small Groups
Is your small group dying at the hand of these common group killers?
9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting
9 Tips for a Successful First Small-Group Meeting
Easy tips to make the most of your first gathering
When a Group Member Struggles with Anxiety
When a Group Member Struggles with Anxiety
How to help the 42 million who suffer
5 Mistakes that Ruin Small Groups
5 Mistakes that Ruin Small Groups
How to be an intentional small-group leader
Conquer Common Meeting Problems
Conquer Common Meeting Problems
Say goodbye to low attendance, bad studies, childcare issues, shallow relationships, and more.
When Group Attendance Is Spotty
When Group Attendance Is Spotty
How to make the most of low attendance and draw people back to your group
5 Reasons to Quit Your Small Group
5 Reasons to Quit Your Small Group
And why you might want to stick around.
Do We Really Love Community as Much as We Say We Do?
Do We Really Love Community as Much as We Say We Do?
What our response to difficult conversations says about our true values
Three Keys to Handling Tough Conversations
Three Keys to Handling Tough Conversations
How to prepare and facilitate effectively
When Leaders Become Ineffective
When Leaders Become Ineffective
How to restore leaders to fruitfulness
Addressing a Leader's Sin Issue
Addressing a Leader's Sin Issue
10-step strategy for helping
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
The Problem of Cultural Relativity in Exegesis
Steps to determine whether a Scripture passage still applies today
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
Emphasize Relationships in Your Group
How to set the stage for real friendships
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Theological Discussions for Everyone
Get everyone involved in meaningful, fruitful discussions.
Top 10 Resources of 2013
Top 10 Resources of 2013
The only list that combines Francis Chan, marketing, mental illness, and simplicity
Effectively Confront Leaders
Effectively Confront Leaders
Learn how to address issues in a healthy, biblical way.
Open Your Hand
Open Your Hand
Learn to let go of grudges.
Ministering to the Overtalker
Ministering to the Overtalker
Answering your number one question
Conflict in Small Groups
Conflict in Small Groups
Work through conflict to experience spiritual growth.
Celebrate the End
Celebrate the End
Activities to bring closure and build excitement for the future
When and How to End Well
When and How to End Well
Learn how to end your group in a healthy way.
Childcare Evaluation
Childcare Evaluation
Discuss the quality of childcare offered at group meetings.
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
Healthy Boundaries for Small Groups
How to set healthy boundaries with group members
Childcare and Cliques
Childcare and Cliques
How to solve two common issues in women's small groups
Three Ways to Kill a Small Group
Three Ways to Kill a Small Group
Avoid these sure-thing saboteurs.
Dealing with the Mess of Community
Dealing with the Mess of Community
Three things to keep in mind
Embracing Tangents
Embracing Tangents
How talking about aliens brought my small group together
Help! My Small Group Has Been Hijacked!
Help! My Small Group Has Been Hijacked!
Four common hijackers and ways to respond
Don't Let Your Small Group Get Too Big
Don't Let Your Small Group Get Too Big
Ten reasons everyone suffers
Show Them How
Show Them How
Teach your group members how to listen well by modeling.
Managing Conversation Monopolizers
Managing Conversation Monopolizers
Four tips to minimize the over talker
The Danger of Pragmatism
The Danger of Pragmatism
Why small-group staff must keep theology and praxis in the correct order
Connecting Your Small Group with Your Church
Connecting Your Small Group with Your Church
Seven ideas for staying connected
Small Groups at the Speed of Life
Small Groups at the Speed of Life
What to do if your group is too busy to meet
The Leader's Role in Building Trust
The Leader's Role in Building Trust
How well are you modeling trust and authenticity to your group?
How Much Should I Share?
How Much Should I Share?
Leaders have difficulty knowing what to share about their struggles with their small groups.
Introducing Your Group to Healthy Conflict Resolution
Introducing Your Group to Healthy Conflict Resolution
Working together to solve conflict in a biblical manner
What if the Group Continues to Get Off Topic?
What if the Group Continues to Get Off Topic?
Seven tips to stay on track
How to Handle Conflict in a Small Group
How to Handle Conflict in a Small Group
What to do (and what not to do) when following Jesus' prescription for resolving disputes
Understand the Value of Commitment
Understand the Value of Commitment
Here's how to fully participate in the life of your small group.
How to Quell a Dominating Personality in Your Group
How to Quell a Dominating Personality in Your Group
Practical tips from an experienced facilitator
Legal Guidelines for Lay Counselors
Legal Guidelines for Lay Counselors
Risks and risk management for your lay counseling program.
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 "Making Room" Is Not Enough
Why "Making Room" Is Not Enough
It's vital that we don't lose sight of our new group members.
A Time to Fight
A Time to Fight
Expert advice on engaging conflict in your small group
The Common Obstacles Men Face in Groups
The Common Obstacles Men Face in Groups
And what you as a group leader can do about them
When Group Members Don't Show Up
When Group Members Don't Show Up
How to honor God (and your group) in a disappointing situation
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Here are several practical and proactive steps you can take as a leader.
What to Do When Group Members Don't Participate
What to Do When Group Members Don't Participate
Here are several questions that will help you take action.
Conflict Within and Between Couples
Conflict Within and Between Couples
It's best to deal with issues as they come up.
Four Bad Reasons to "Close" Your Group
Four Bad Reasons to "Close" Your Group
These common excuses for rejecting visitors just don't pass the test.
Running on Empty
Running on Empty
What to do when your group has hit a plateau
Overcoming Growth Plateaus
Overcoming Growth Plateaus
Practical guidance for numerical and spiritual stagnation.
J. I. Packer: Fighting Heresy in Churches and Small Groups
J. I. Packer: Fighting Heresy in Churches and Small Groups
Could an ancient practice be the solution for a modern problem?
Just-in-Time Training
Just-in-Time Training
A "middle of the road" option for training small-group leaders
Cap and Gown, Please
Cap and Gown, Please
Tips for helping new hosts and group leaders overcome their fears
How to Stimulate Better Discussions
How to Stimulate Better Discussions
Here are five keys that every group leader should be aware of.
Come One, Come All
Come One, Come All
Small groups are for all broken people, including the physically challenged
Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?
Is Our Group Healthy or Unhealthy?
Here are seven hallmarks that will help you decide.
Loving Those You Disagree With
Loving Those You Disagree With
A helpful reminder from the practices of John Wesley and the early Methodists
Small-Group Elephants
Small-Group Elephants
How to discuss difficult topics in community
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 2)
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 2)
Learn how to avoid and overcome them for the benefit of your group.
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 1)
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 1)
Learn how to avoid and overcome them for the benefit of your group.
When Children Behave Badly
When Children Behave Badly
Important tips and principles for disciplining children in a small group
The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
What to do when one or more of your group members is a little odd
The Hidden Danger of Broken Relationships
The Hidden Danger of Broken Relationships
Not getting relationships right can prevent God's supernatural activity.
The Plague of Gossip in the Body of Christ
The Plague of Gossip in the Body of Christ
Match yourself with the Bible's standard when it comes to slander and gossip.
The Problem with American Small Groups
A sobering look at small groups in our own backyards
Wait For It …
Wait For It …
Why patience is a virtue in all areas of small-group leadership
Addressing the Threat of Heresy in House Churches and Small Groups
Addressing the Threat of Heresy in House Churches and Small Groups
What are we actually afraid of, and what can be done about it?
4 Challenges That Kill Community
4 Challenges That Kill Community
How to grapple with time, avoidance, strange people, and unrealistic expectations?
Danger Signs
Danger Signs
Understanding wisdom and pride in the context of small groups
The Three Levels of Small-Group Problems
The Three Levels of Small-Group Problems
Learn how to classify and resolve periods of "temporary chaos" in group life.
People Are Not Projects
People Are Not Projects
How to keep a Kingdom focus when your people move on
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Adultery and Emotional Affairs
Practical and helpful advice for a small group dealing with a tough situation
Unemployment
Unemployment
Equip your group leaders and members to minister to someone after he or she loses a job.
Cancer
Cancer
Get helpful advice on how to help individuals and families affected by this disease.
The Journey into Authenticity
The Journey into Authenticity
How fear and spontaneity play into almost any small group
Help Your Group to Wake Up!
Help Your Group to Wake Up!
Common problems and practical solutions for praying together
Benchmarks: The Typical Small Group
Benchmarks: The Typical Small Group
Check out these statistics to get your finger on the pulse of small-groups ministry.
Money Troubles
Money Troubles
Where small groups fit in a tough economy.
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Overcome Relationship Obstacles in Your Group
Everything you need to tackle issues with group dynamics
Danger Signs for House Churches
Danger Signs for House Churches
Here are several pitfalls that you'll want to avoid.
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Avoiding Pitfalls in Group Dynamics
Here are a few ways to keep the peace.
Handling Tragedy in Your Small Group
Handling Tragedy in Your Small Group
Be prepared when difficult circumstances shake your community.
When a Group Member Has a Financial Crisis
When a Group Member Has a Financial Crisis
Here are several realistic steps a group can take to help.
Embrace Conflict in Your Small Group!
Embrace Conflict in Your Small Group!
Because ignoring a problem is the worst thing you can do.
Reviving a Dying Small Group
Reviving a Dying Small Group
Use these resources to perform small-group CPR.
How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members
How to Revive a Small Group by Involving Members
Here are six keys to group health that your members deserve to know about.
Benchmarks: Training Group Leaders
Benchmarks: Training Group Leaders
Check out these statistics to get your finger on the pulse of small-groups ministry.
Small-Group Members or Political Prisoners?
Small-Group Members or Political Prisoners?
Why we need to err on the side of love, not politics
Why Some Women Resist Community
Why Some Women Resist Community
And how to help them connect
Why Can't I Shake My Sins?
Why Can't I Shake My Sins?
A surprising answer to a stubborn problem
Answering Tough Questions
Answering Tough Questions
How to handle seven difficult questions that are likely to pop up in your small group
When the Conflict Involves You
Practical guidelines for leading in a difficult situation
Why Dividing Small Groups Is a Dumb Idea
A commonsense look at a highly debated principle of small-group life
Is God to Blame for Natural Disasters?
You might need answers to this tough question sooner than you think.
Benchmarks: Developing Leaders and Tackling Challenges
Benchmarks: Developing Leaders and Tackling Challenges
Check out these statistics to get your finger on the pulse of small-groups ministry.
Why Listening Makes a Difference
Why Listening Makes a Difference
Going beyond the act of hearing can bring a load of blessings to your group.
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Handling Conflict in Small Groups
Practical advice to help you when things get a little ugly
Engaging Conflict in Small Groups
Engaging Conflict in Small Groups
A look at the deeper issues underlying personality clashes
Benchmarks: Growth in Small Groups
Benchmarks: Growth in Small Groups
Check out these statistics to get your finger on the pulse of small-groups ministry.
Love the One You're With
Love the One You're With
How to manage difficult personalities within your small group
Beware of Unintended Curriculum
Beware of Unintended Curriculum
Know the dangers involved with teaching what you never meant to teach.
Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?
Does Your Small Group Need a Vacation?
How to tell if and when you need a break this summer
Can Small Groups Break Up Well?
Can Small Groups Break Up Well?
What should church leaders do when a group is on the decline, but no one is willing to pull the plug?
Ministering to Difficult Group Members
Ministering to Difficult Group Members
How to effectively lead a group without letting members' quirks get you off track
Assessing the Health of a Small-Groups Ministry
Assessing the Health of a Small-Groups Ministry
Ask these questions to get a grasp of the vitality of your congregation's group life.
Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
Coping with People Who Beef, Bite, and Bellyache
How to handle difficult relationships in your small group
Seven Mistakes of New Small-Group Leaders
Seven Mistakes of New Small-Group Leaders
And how to avoid them when you're on the hot seat
Excuses
The top 10 lame excuses for arriving late to your small group
Prayer Snares
Prayer Snares
Common habits and practices that can dull our conversations with God
How to Rebuke with Compassion
How to Rebuke with Compassion
You'll probably need to use these tips sooner than you'd like.
Leadership Issues in the Small Group
A working definition of Christian leadership.
Dealing with Divorce in Your Small Group
Dealing with Divorce in Your Small Group
Be prepared for a crisis that impacts a high percentage of small groups.
The Childcare Checklist
The Childcare Checklist
Use this practical tool to determine the childcare options in your small group.
Your Small Group and Your Family
Are they competitors or team members?
Connecting
Top 10 signs your group is not connecting.
The Challenge of Challenging People
Small groups with severely wounded people can be a great success if you stick to some trusted principles.
Leading the Super Mixed Group
A few guidelines for leading a group of extremely diverse people.
Snack Ideas
Top 10 signs that your group food coordinator is running out of snack ideas.
Sharing Our Lives In Difficult Times
How does the church survive trauma?
Who Says So?
Lurking beneath the surface of small group life and leadership is the issue of authority.
Confessions of a small-group leader
Learn how to avoid some dangerous leadership pitfalls.
Five Small Group Myths
Have realistic expectations about what small groups will be like.
Community: The Wellspring of Spiritual Disciplines
A list of key spiritual disciplines that can be exercised in community, result in life-transformation, and keep your small groups and church on mission.
Hosting
Top 10 questions you wish you asked before hosting a small group.
Discipleship – When Fruit Gets in the Way
Is it really just that simple? Jesus said, “Go and make disciples," that is our goal.
Ministry Blah
Respond well when you are having a difficult time in your place of ministry.
Small-Group Leader Coaching: Team-based vs. Pyramid-based Models
The Jethro Principle does not seem to work for most churches.
Missions
Top 10 worst summer missions projects for your group.
Treat or Refer?
Living in community is not the same as providing counseling.
Slogans
Top 10 worst potential slogans for the church's small group ministry.
American Idol
Top 10 signs your group has been watching way too much American Idol.
When a Plan Doesn’t Come Together
You can approach nearly any plan by looking at values, strategies, and tactics.
Stuff that Happens
There are common issues that happen in nearly every group, but there are ways to avoid them.
When Smaller Is Better
Sometimes issues arise in small groups that are best resolved by breaking into even smaller groups.
Survivor Kit
Top 10 items in your Small-Group Leader survival kit.
Navigating Rough Waters
How to keep your small group from running aground.
Colliding with Love
Embrace conflict as an opportunity for growth and fellowship.
Living in the Messies
Principles that guided our small group as we navigated the rough and muddy waters of human life.
Bruised Camels and Their Money
Small group helps members shape their views about how to handle money.
Questions to ask When a Small Group is Sick
Ten questions to ask to help determine what's wrong with a sick small group.
Discussion Problems?
Try a snag-free Socratic small group session
Misdiagnosis
When our small groups are sick, we have to diagnose correctly before we can make them well.
Longing For Community
Many people accept their desire for community as just one more need that's not being met.
Priorities
How Jesus avoided the, “I don’t have time for a small group” dilemma
Your Calendar and the Community Life of Your Group
Community is hard to build if you always have "somewhere to be".
Dangerous Small Groups
Jesus said that he came to bring a sword, not a La-Z-Boy.
What Would a Well-tracked Small Group Ministry Look Like?
Don't let people fall through the cracks of your small group ministry.
The Power of Small Group Statistics
Statistics force us to see the reality of what's occurring in our small groups program.
Gelling
Top 10 signs your small group hasn't gelled yet.
The Springboard for Deeper Relationships, Not the Whole Pool!
Just as Sunday morning cannot meet all of our spiritual needs, our small groups cannot meet all of our fellowship needs.
Small Group Consultant
Top 10 suggestions a small group consultant might give to your group
When a Leader in Conflict Asks a Coach for Help
As a coach, there are several questions you need to ask yourself when helping a leader through conflict.
Dealing with Conflict
In complex issues, if you know your own preferred reaction to conflict, it can help you choose the right course.
Two Keys To Resolving Conflict
Acknowledging conflict, and turning the focus to Christ, can sometimes quell a rising storm.
Conflict - Which Approach Do You Take?
There are several different approaches to conflict; which one you choose depends on the situation.
When Life Happens … Prepare to Fight!
Even spiritual people can be in conflict with each other.
Snacks
Top 10 ways to tell you group doesn't like the snacks you brought.
Ownership
Build leader support events from the bottom up, rather than the top down.
Diagnosing Small Group Health
A simple tool to help evaluate health at the various levels of small group ministry.
Questions that Reveal Poor Small Group Health
Ask yourself these questions when assessing your small group's health.
Five Senses Check-Up Checklist
Our small groups need a check-up much like our physical bodies need a yearly physical.
When Divorce Visits Your Small Group
What to do in the likely event of a marital crisis
Your Childcare Provider
Top 10 things you wish you had found out earlier about your small group childcare provider.
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.
Bye-Bye Coaches
How we moved to a more relational small group support system
Loving Sinners Is Messy But Necessary
Truly loving people in the midst of persistent sin is easier said than done.
Forgiving the Unforgiveable
The betrayed members of a small group work to forgive the man who lied to them.
Dominated by One
Though confrontation is difficult, it can be essential to small group health.
Supergroups
Ending the fight over group size
Welcome to Your New Small Group
People are changing; are our leadership styles changing with them?
From Bargainer to Believer
A near-death experience caused Dennis to take God's leading more seriously.
Uh-Oh
Top 10 signs you're in a bad small group.
Healthy Members, Healthy Group
A simple assessment tool for gauging how healthy group members are.
Locked Out
Top 10 reasons your group is locked out of the host home
Small-Scale Evangelism
Sharing your faith in Christ might not be as difficult as you think.
Hit the Ground Running!
Follow these ground rules to get your small group off to a great start.
Pushing Through Fear
Rely on your call to leadership when you fear how things will go.
Wrong Curriculum
Top 10 signs you have picked the WRONG small group curriculum.
The Coach's Role in Breaking Growth Barriers
Multiplication can be a barrier to overcome, but there are steps that will help you break through.
Meeting Places
Top 10 worst suggestions for meeting places.
The "Us Four and No More!" Syndrome
Can your group remain closed indefinitely?
How to Keep a Small Group Evangelistically Open
There is something unhealthy about cell groups that don't practice evangelism.
Childcare or Small Groups?
If parents were expected to come, there would also be children. How were we to get over this hurdle?
Evangelistic Prayer
Top 10 things you don't want to hear as you pray for the person who will fill your empty chair.
Balancing the Tensions of Small Group Life
Five main small group conflicts and how to go about solving them.
Taking the Sting Out Of Criticism
Time tested paths to peace while under attack
Handling Difficult People: When Extra Grace is Required
Difficult people can be confusing and overwhelming to lead, having a framework in place can make the situation easier for you both.
An Atmosphere of Grace
Is there a way to minister to your group, and still help a difficult person move deeper in their spiritual journey?
We Aren't Big, We're Just Right!
Top 10 excuses for a small group never birthing.
First Meeting
Top 10 things a leader doesn't want to hear at the first meeting.
From Anonymity to Intimacy
If anonymity is a person's goal, small groups can be threatening; here's how to make them less so.
Off the Subject
Top 10 worst things to say when your group gets off subject.
Tools that Help Small Groups Keep an Outward Focus
Ways to keep your small group from becoming cliquish.
Childcare, Part 2
Top 10 signs that your childcare isn't working.
Takeover
Top 10 reasons you think your apprentice is planning a hostile takeover of the group.
Upward, Inward, Outward, Forward Assessment Tool
A tool to assess your small group's current health and strength.
Don't Chunk the Check-ups!
Four truths about the practice of constant and careful evaluation.
Gauging the Health of Your Group
Tools to help see where you're going strong, and where you might need a little support.
Worship Songs
Top 10 rejected small group worship songs.
Strategic Group Meetings
Avoid the frustration of a poorly run group with a little planning.
Is Your Agenda Killing Your Group?
The proper place of a plan in your meetings.
Homework
Top 10 excuses for not doing your small group homework.
The Challenge Of Challenging People
What works, and what doesn't, when leading a group of challenging people.
Study Guides
Top 10 worst uses for leftover study guides
Insanity
Top 10 signs your leader has gone crazy.
Worst Meeting Places
Top 10 worst places for your small group to meet.
Your Group May Need A Vacation When . . .
Your Group May Need A Vacation When . . .
Sometimes a vacation is the perfect solution to a small-group problem.
Recruitment Strategies
Top 10 recruitment strategies not condoned by your church.
Too Small
Top 10 signs that your group is getting too small.
Apprentice
Top 10 signs your apprentice isn't ready.
Small Groups—Dead or Alive
To realize that your group is dead, you must first know what it looks like to be alive.
Emotional Dependency in Cells
How to identify and break the bondage of dependent relationships.
The Unrepentant Person
What to do if a group member is obviously living in sin.
Childcare
Top 10 worst childcare ideas.
Time to Move
Top 10 reasons to stop meeting at your host's home.
Top Ten
Top 10 ideas for future Top Ten lists.
Stop the Discussion
Top 10 ways to bring the discussion to a screeching halt.
What a Small Group is NOT
We have an idea of what a small group is, but sometimes we fall into patterns of what a small group shouldn't be.
Worst Topical Bible Studies
Top 10 worst ideas for a topical Bible study.
Star Wars
Top 10 signs that your group is more interested in Star Wars than Bible study.
Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
It's easy to fall into these traps.
Don't Lose Control of Your Group, Recovenant!
Revisiting your group covenant can ensure that needs continue to be met.
When it's Time to Confront
We are called to encourage each other towards righteousness, but confrontation is never an easy situation.
Chronic Lateness
Three practical cures for a common small-group ailment
Blah Busters
Ways to switch up your study when the blahs strike.
When Extra Grace is Needed
Most small groups have one very needy person; here's some advice on how to handle the situation.
Dealing with Miscarriage Loss
Advice on how to comfort a couple that has suffered a miscarriage, and what not to do.
When It's Time for a Professional
Sometimes people in your group need more than you're able to give.
More Training, Please
Top 10 signs that your leader could use a little extra training in some areas!
Virus Eats Leaders, Kills Cells
How to avoid the plague of the "intern."
You're Just Not Ready
Top 10 ways to know for sure your apprentice/intern isn't ready to lead on their own.
The Quiet Person
Top 10 worst ways to get that quiet person to talk.
Getting to the Neighbors
Top 10 ways to alienate your host's neighbors.
Breaking Up Hard Soil
Advice for how to meet neighbors in an unfriendly area.
Kids in Groups: No Problem!
One of the biggest areas of contention in small group ministry can be how to handle childcare.
Too Many People
When a group grows too large for all of the members to talk, what should the leader do?
The Leader's Mission
If you are too busy to spend time with God, you are too busy!
Well, What is our Course?
If your group feels aimless, you may want to consider your mission.
Sweet 16
Top 10 excuses for canceling your group because your favorite football team is playing.
How Can We Minister without Meddling?
When group members are seriously hurting, where is the line between supporting and intruding?
For Crying Out Loud
You are leading your Bible study one evening when a member suddenly starts crying—what do you do?
What to Do When No One Shows
Planning ahead can ensure that you're not the only one who shows up for the meeting.
Ten Things I'd Do Differently
Ten things I'd do differently if I were starting to transition today.
The Dark Side of Spiritual Gifts
Maybe we get the cart before the horse.
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.
Recovering Interest
What to do for apathy in your group.
Agenda-itus
It happens when a small group facilitator sticks so tightly to his or her agenda that the group suffers.
Teaching Styles to Avoid
To be effective teachers, we need to capitalize on our strengths and minimize our weaknesses.
When Everyone Leads
Sometimes small groups choose to share the role of Bible study leader, with a different person leading each week. This has both advantages and disadvantages.
Worst Refreshment Ideas
Top 10 worst items to have for refreshments.
Obstacles to Leadership
Every leader has doubts, but here's what the Bible has to say to counter them.
Signs of the Struggle
Even faithful members of a small group struggle with sin.
Halloween
Top 10 worst ways to celebrate Halloween.
Six Reasons American Small-Group Ministries Fail
Most American small-group ministries have not done as well as they have in places like Korea. Why?
Breaking through Small Group Plateaus: The 50 Percent Plateau
How church structure can limit the success of your small group ministry.
Over the Edge
Top 10 signs your leader has gone over the edge.
Extra Grace Required
Groups can take a lot of work—what to do when you're just plain burnt out.
Please Leave
Top 10 ways to get kicked out of your group!
Dealing with Conflict Among Members
Two of your members have a long-standing conflict; what do you do?
Breaking through Small Group Plateaus: The 20% Plateau
How church structure can limit the success of your small group ministry.
Claude Cult—The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Yes, there are people who come to small groups just to lead the flock away; here's what you do if they show up in your group.
Removing Our Masks Through Confession in Groups
We often feel like we have to be perfect, even in small groups; confession may be the answer to removing our masks.
Griselda Gossip—The Person Who Just Can't Keep it to Herself
She's not doing it maliciously, but her gossip is destroying the group.
Worst Icebreakers
Please, don't try this at home.
Arthur Argumentative—The Argumentative Person
How can you deal with someone who steps over the line from discussion to argument?
Dancing With Dinosaurs
Change, or die.
Top Ten: You've Lost Control!
Top 10 signs the leader has lost control of a meeting.
Covenants? Yes and No
The positives, and negatives, of covenants in small groups.
Clancy Cliché—The Person Who Uses Jargon
How to draw a specific answer out of someone who's fluent in Christianese.
How Not to Start a Small Group Ministry
How small groups started in a church that had decided they "wouldn't work there."
Willy Wrong—The Person Who Doesn't Understand
How can you help Willy correct his thinking without embarassing him?
Don't Call It That!
Top 10 worst titles for a small group study guide!
Serving—As Each Part Does its Work
How to avoid your group becoming a one-man show.
Yolanda Yawner—The Bored Person
How do you approach the person who's obviously bored?
Peter Problem—The Emotionally Disturbed Person
How to handle a member with clinical emotional or psychological difficulty.
Donna Dogmatic—The Legalistic Person
How can you offer constructive criticism to the person who's always right?
Excuses, Excuses
The top excuses for members arriving late.
Stanley Spiritual—The "Super-Spiritual" Person
How to talk to the person whose approach is intimidating your group.
Dynamic and Not-So-Dynamic Meetings
How environmental distractions can ruin your small-group time.
Polly Prayerless: The Person Who Won't Pray Aloud
How to make your members feel comfortable praying out loud.
Managing Conflict
Where conflict is likely to arise, and how to deal with it.
Handling Conflict
Adopt the following saying: "Conflict is expected and welcome!"
Conflict Is Good
From the editor
Evaluation and Flexibility in Small Groups
Things may not always go as planned or expected.
The Quiet Group
What do you do when no one responds?