What is a Small Group?

A small group of up to 10 to 16 people who meet weekly to share with, study with and support one another. A trained leader, apprentice and host lead each group. Where can they meet? The leader determines where the group meets. Most groups, of course, will meet in homes. But, some may choose to meet in the workplace, on campuses and some in church facilities depending upon the nature…

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Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

I enjoyed listening to this podcast as I was riding my bike 40 miles to Auburn and home today… And thought others would enjoy it as well… below is the video and the audio.  Good stuff… I resonate with this podcast because it is so easy for me to drift and lose focus on what is important. Churches can drift into ineffectiveness and lost purpose, people can drift physically, mentally and…

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Measuring Discipleship? By Ron Edmondson

I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are 10 indications a church is making disciples: Those who have been in the church the longest complain the least. – Do everything without…

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God Inspired Vision

Vision for a Biblically Functioning Community Our focus is to maintain a healthy spiritual environment where we have many “magnifying, multiplying, ministering, and maturing” believers who are making an impact for Christ in our neighborhoods and around the world. These four “M’s” describe our core values that are used to evaluate everything we do as a church. Magnifying – God desires our worship, and we seek to honor Him by…

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At the End of My Life – David Whiting

I read this over a year ago, and it has challenged me greatly every time I re-read it. I couldn’t find the original post, but I know it was written by Jon Acuff. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a few simple things. Lately as the volume of things turned up, there’s a bit of a whisper that won’t leave me alone. Here’s what’s bouncing around my head: If at the…

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7 Non-Negotiable Values for Teams I Lead by Ron Edmondson

I cannot say it any better, so I’m posting this great blog by Pastor Ron Edmondson – 7/17/14, 4:52 AM – I think this resonates with leaders of any organization, not just the church. Leader, What do you look for when you bring a person on to your team? What expectations do you have for people who serve on your team? I think it’s important to know yourself well enough…

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Dave Furgeson – The Church’s Great Obstacle

I think Dave Ferguson is on target! Please read this article he wrote recently and let me know what you think.  Blessings, Pastor Stan I believe the church in the United States is on the verge of what could be a great moment! Let me stress, “could be.” And I say, “could be” cause there is one huge obstacle in our way. But before I get to that, here are…

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Discipleship Isn’t Easy…

Love this article by By Ann Swindell. Great reminders of what discipleship is really about… Pastor Stan To those of us who follow Jesus, discipleship should be a central aspect of our faith. This is because Jesus commanded His followers—in what is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission”—to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of…

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Just Do It

Ryan Leak Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker April 30, 2014 How can I empower and enable and equip my guys to shoot the moon. What do they need? What will launch them? What do you want to do? If there is one thing you could do, with no fear, knowing that you could not fail. Ryan wanted to play with Koby Bryant, not just meet him. In chasing failure, you…

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Why We Dedicate Parents, Not Children

Steve Tompkins » Family Children Home Church Dads and moms, public baby dedication marks one moment in a lifetime of dedication, not only of your children, but also of your whole heart and home. Children are a great blessing. We celebrate when they are born, and parents love to publicly dedicate their little ones to the Lord in the context of gathered worship. These are fun and special moments of celebration for the whole church,…

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Five Reasons Millennials Resist Established Churches

By Thom Rainer Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It will likely soon be a crisis. What is it about established churches that push away Millennials? Let’s examine that question first, and then let’s look at some possible solutions. Millennials…

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A Vision for Teens and Children:

It seems to be more difficult every year, recruiting adults who are willing to be part of a team to love teenagers and children to within an inch of their lives. Many seem to be satisfied with hiring an intern to provide a program. Yet nothing replaces those significant “others” who call and care and cheerlead at sporting events, dramas and performances. Those adults who are that other voice that young…

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Insanely Simple?

There is no indication that Steve Jobs knew Jesus. His passion was to take complex computers and make them accessible, so simply, that anyone and everyone could benefit. The book “Insanely Simple” has been a fascinating read to me, to see that he was not a people pleaser, but was a man on a mission. He didn’t just do surveys to see what people wanted, he was way out in…

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Equipping Leaders – Mac Lake

Why are you developing leaders?  Sounds like a ridiculous question.  But your answer may reveal why you’re not getting the results you want in growing your leadership pipeline. So, let me ask again, why are you developing leaders? There are basically two responses to the question. Some will say, “I’m developing leaders simply because we don’t have enough of them!”  This is the most common reason organizations revive their leadership…

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