By James White on Sep 23, 2017
"Regardless of the type of small group ministry you may have, there are three foundational questions that must be settled for maximum effectiveness and clear focus––yet seldom are. And they are foundational questions because they speak to the heart of your philosophy of ministry."
By John Gilman Ii on May 9, 2016
Small groups help churches grow because they help strangers become great friends. People stay at churches where they find friends because friendship covers a multitude of sins. Small groups involve us in others’ lives and really invest us in the church. These friendships eventually turn into deep, meaningful connections that can last a lifetime.
By John Gilman Ii on Jun 16, 2016
Before kids, life was simpler, but it was a lot less fun. After kids, things get crazy. Everything takes more time, and you wonder what you did before the little ones were around. Going places with your kids becomes an adventure. You pack up everything you’ll need and some things you won’t. You make sure everyone’s eaten and used the restroom, even though you know they’ll be hungry and have to go again when you get there.
By John Gilman Ii on Jun 21, 2016
It’s tempting to waive the white flag, to throw your hands up in surrender, to the summer slump. Many churches simply resign their efforts and re-appropriate them in the fall. First on the chopping block of suspended ministries are groups.
By Lisa Eifert on Aug 23, 2016
All church ministries share one overarching purpose: Regardless of age, gender or race, they exist in service of God. However, just because ministries have overlapping agendas doesn’t mean the means through which to form them are the same. In fact, depending on the type of ministry, optimal organizational strategies often vary wildly.
Summer offers the perfect opportunity to focus on best practices for organizing one group in particular: the men’s ministry. Let’s count down five tips for forming—and sustaining—a vibrant men’s ministry within your church community.
By Todd Hiestand on Feb 25, 2013
"One of the most individual things done in churches these days is preaching." (And that's not a good thing.)
By Larry Osborne on Jul 10, 2013
"I learned early on that if my preaching was to be powerful, it had to be memorable," says Larry Osborne.
By Glenn Packiam on Aug 16, 2016
Small groups are a perfect example of how pastors may learn from researchers. At many church conferences, pastors speak confidently of their latest, greatest small group model, sure that it is the new breakthrough in discipleship.
By Karl Vaters on Mar 29, 2017
How can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them? And how will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?
By John Gilman Ii on Jun 24, 2016
Families have long been the cornerstone of church congregations. Parents bring their children to church every Sunday. At a certain point, it becomes the children’s choice and responsibility to decide if they want to continue going to church every Sunday or not. That’s why it’s so important to show your children God’s grace and make Him a priority in their life from an early age.
By Mark Dever on Jul 26, 2018
When you preach, who is your audience? Mark Dever suggests these three groups.
By John Gilman Ii on May 13, 2016
How can a group of people who are committed to seeing something great happen and are willing to put in the time and energy it takes, only to see their vision fail?
By Ed Stetzer on Sep 19, 2011
Ed Stetzer: "The churches on our Largest and Fastest-Growing lists are all engaging in various ministries. However, we are watching many of these congregations push themselves deeper in multisite ministry, small groups and serving the culture."
By Rick Ezell on Dec 5, 2014
You may be the most skilled preacher and your church may have excellent small groups or the best children’s ministry in the city, but your first-time guests will never know unless they make a second or third visit.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Feb 24, 2016
Preaching is one of the most demanding tasks required of communicators.
You’re not just giving a ‘talk,’ you’re communicating the Word of God—faithfully (you trust). And you do this in front of groups of people who have more communication options and sources than at any point in human history.
Not an easy task.