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People are changing; are our leadership styles changing with them?

I'm in a couple of small groups—one that has only been together a few months and another that I've been part of for years. In some ways, both groups seem "new" to me. Why, you ask? It is because even the group that I've been part of for years is different now. Sure, the make-up of the group is a little different than it was years ago, and the people are different—changed, transformed by Christ in many ways. But even beyond that, I've noticed the dynamics of small groups are a little different now than they were 10-15 years ago.

Over the past 15 years, I've been in groups involving every generation of people—I've led a group of preschoolers. I've led a group in a nursing home, and everything in-between. Regardless of age, I'm noticing some shifts in people. Granted, you will see the shifts first in the younger generations, but the shift is moving up the generational ladder quicker than people are actually aging.

As a group leader, you need to be aware of some of these shifts and make adjustments in your group leadership. It has nothing to do with moving away from Biblical community and Biblical truth; it is about recognizing the shifts in culture and ministry that are necessary to maintain Biblical community. People have been putting different labels on the shift—post-modern, post-Christian, emergence, Information Age, Eastern vs. Western mindset, etc. What you call it doesn't really matter to me, but here is what I'm noticing:

From Long to Short

In the world of small group curriculum and study guides, publishers are starting to notice the shift. Small group curriculum has a shorter half-life now than it used to. A half-life is the time it takes for something to lose half it potency or effectiveness. ...

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