https://joshhevans.com - I don't care what profession you are in, making it in that industry long term takes work and intentionality. Being a pastor is no different. In this post, Josh gives church leaders four reminders that should serve as a foundation for making it long term in leadership.
https://www.smallgroupinternational.com - Small group leaders give first. They need to build trust and continually show appreciation to their members. Do this before asking them to give in some way.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - There is power in notes. Your words in a note can thank, encourage, sympathize, apologize, and congratulate. Today, most people are writing their notes electronically and sending them via email, text message or social media channels. However, the most effective notes are handwritten. A handwritten note is personal and rare. Due to this, it will Continue Reading...The post The Power of the Electronic Handwritten Note appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - It’s prayer request time. Sally is meeting with a friend on Tuesday morning at 9am and intends to talk about Jesus with her. George is going to see another doctor on Thursday at 11:30am about his physical problem that isn’t healing. Tabitha is meeting with her boss on Monday at 2pm to discuss a new Continue Reading...The post How to Remember to Pray for Prayer Requests appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Do you regularly find yourself with more meeting than time? Most of the small groups I have participated in have been structured the same way. Food and fellowship Prayer Bible study and discussion Prayer requests and Prayer Adjourn Members seem to respond well to the structure. In part, it may be because this is a Continue Reading...The post Does Prayer Time Get the Leftovers? appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - What is going on in the heads of your group members when they show up at your meeting? Do they suffer from stress? There are many things that could be happening in their lives, right at that moment, that could distract them from what God wants them to receive in the Bible study discussions. Impact Continue Reading...The post De-Stress from Distress Before Bible Study appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Are you concerned that your small group members forget what they discussed the instant they walk out the door in your meeting? I’ve certainly been in small group meetings when the group leader asked about the topic of the last meeting and the members couldn’t remember what they discussed. Rick Howerton wrote a blog post Continue Reading...The post Do Your Group Members Need a Handout? appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Do you remember going on field trips when you were in school? In elementary school I remember going to a farm and milk processing plant to see how milk was made and bottled. In middle school I remember going to Frankenmuth, MI to get a glimpse of German culture. In high school I had the Continue Reading...The post Shake Things Up with Experiential Learning Activities appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Sometimes people will not be willing or able to take part in your small group because of barriers that are in place. You might not recognize many of them as barriers because they could be enablers from your perspective. Types of Barriers Examples of potential barriers are: Meeting location Meeting day, time, and length Babysitting Continue Reading...The post Have You Removed Your Small Group Barriers? appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Are you having difficulty writing small group discussion questions that ultimately lead to life changing conversations and decisions? It is intimidating at first. However, like many things, it becomes easier and better over time. Following a proven process can help as well. Quality vs. Quantity Strive for quality over quantity. The best small group discussion Continue Reading...The post How to Write Small Group Discussion Questions appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Scenario 1 The small group leader asked the group a question. Silence Then one group member asked, “Can you repeat the question please?” The group leader repeated the question. Silence Then the group leader said to the group, “It’s not that hard!” All of a sudden several group members replied with answers to the question. Continue Reading...The post The Good and Bad of Silence During Small Group Conversations appeared first on Small Group International.
http://feeds.feedblitz.com - Most people hate meetings. Just the thought of a meeting conjures up past feelings of wasting time. What are some reasons meetings are viewed as a waste of time? It doesn’t start and end on time The purpose is unknown to attendees It is unorganized Very little gets accomplished Most attendees aren’t involved It takes Continue Reading...The post Will It Help to Disguise Your Small Group Meeting? appeared first on Small Group International.