Larger Small Groups are More Effective

  “Sometimes small groups can be too small. Groups with seven members or fewer are difficult to lead and more likely to fail, while groups of twelve to fifteen  are more effective at fostering healthy relationships and encouraging spiritual growth. Many leaders mistakenly think that larger groups lose their intimacy, make meaningful relationships harder to cultivate, and frustrate members who … Read More


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The Power of Systems to Grow Your Church (Part 3 of 3)

Last week I shared the first four systems of a healthy church. As a reminder, a S.Y.S.T.E.M. is any ongoing process that Saves You Stress, Time, Energy and Money, and continues to produce results. Here are the remaining four systems: Strategy: How we constantly evaluate and improve our church Small Groups: How we fill and reproduce small groups at our church … Read More


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10 Habits of Mentally Strong People

Today’s guest post comes to us from Travis Bradberry for GlobalLeadership.org. To increase your mental strength, you simply need to change your outlook. When hard times hit, people with mental strength suffer just as much as everyone else. The difference is that they understand life’s challenging moments offer valuable lessons. In the end, it’s these tough lessons that build the … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: The Call to Expand God’s Kingdom

“Then the LORD told Abram, ‘Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you … Read More


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Thom Rainer on Being a Strong Leader

“Confident and courageous leaders have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance.” – Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources


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The 36-Hour Email Response to First-Time Guests

“The 36-Hour Email Response is almost the same in content as the letter we put in the free copies of Unshakable, plus an intentional postscript that’s meant to make a personal connection. Sending this email accomplishes three things: It follows up on those who did not take a book or read the letter  It lets guests know we are thinking … Read More


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Avoiding a Small Groups Roadblock

  “What if I were to tell you that the most powerful potential for your small groups lies in their ability to move people from the crowd to the congregation? What if I were to tell you that your small group system should be designed first and foremost for those who are not yet involved in it – those who … Read More


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The Power of Systems to Grow Your Church (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, in the first part of this blog series, I defined a S.Y.S.T.E.M. as any ongoing process that Saves You Stress, Time, Energy and Money, and continues to produce results. Good systems function under the surface to keep things running smoothly so that you can concentrate on more important priorities. We may not be aware of a good system when it’s … Read More


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One Powerful Evangelism Question

Today’s guest blog comes to us from James Emery White for ChurchandCulture.com. Former Harvard Chaplain George Buttrick had students who would come into his office and say, “I don’t believe in God.” His standard reply was: “Sit down and tell me what kind of God you don’t believe in. I probably don’t believe in that God either.” His point was that the … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Throughout the Whole World

“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14 (NLT)


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