Archives For Leadership

encouraging leadership in small groups, churches, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes

Hey There Strong Woman, It’s Okay to Be Weak Some Days

Hey there Strong Woman,

I can’t help but admire your strength.

When other people say “impossible,” you hear a personal challenge.

When others dare use the word, “can’t,” you manage to find a way

When others are ready to give up, you’ve just begun.

You turn a mountain into a molehill and the overwhelming into manageable.

It’s one of the many things I adore about you.

Now let’s be clear. I know you’re not perfect. You’re the first to admit that. But even after all your self-deprecation, many of us still suspect you have super human strength running through your veins.

Yet even for you, the strong woman, the leader, life is hard sometimes. This world is mixed up and messed up. Continue Reading...

3 Things To Do When People Leave Your Small Group Small Groups. We’ve all been in one where the numbers continue to whittle down until it’s just you and the leader left.

But when you’re the one leading, what do you do if people start leaving yours?

Here are three things to do when people leave your small group: Continue Reading...

4 Small Group Sins that Can Sabotage Your Leadership

It’s that time of year again.

The leaves are beginning to change. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has arrived. School bells are ringing. And small groups are in full swing.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been asking YOU to answer some of the dirty-dog-difficult questions of small group leaders on Facebook. With such an incredible online community, we’re inviting you to weigh in on some of the toughest Bible study problems.

Don’t agree with the advice offered? Add your own insights in the comments, below.

I have a member who says she wants to be part of the small group, but lacks commitment and consistency. How should I best respond? Continue Reading...

What To Do When You've Lost Your Holy Awe

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We are called to live alert to the wonders all around and within us that expand our desire to know God more.

Yet the focus on the functionality of ministry combined with the increased sense of familiarity can numb us to the marvelous work to which we’ve been called—encouraging people to walk in the fullness of all God has called and created them through Jesus Christ.

Here are a handful of things that can pull us away from living wonderstruck and experiencing the daily splendor of knowing Jesus as we lead:

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It’s no secret that Tim Tebow brought the carnival to town with his popularity as well as his proclamations of faith.

A former Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He is remembered for his heart-palpitating come backs late in the fourth quarter—especially the playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.

He electrified Bronco country. Not only on the field, but off, too.

Tebow, an evangelical Christian, thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in many interviews and prayed before, after, and during every game—sparking a worldwide phenomenon of “Tebowing.” ESPN even caught him singing praise songs during warm-up on occasion. Tebow was often criticized by the media for his bold proclamations of faith.

In Spring 2012, the Denver Broncos picked up popular Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, trading Tebow to the New York Jets. Since then, Tebow was traded to the Patriots, cut, and recently offered a job as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Meanwhile in Denver, we’re experiencing another media firestorm around a quarterback—one that looks much different than Tebow-mania. Manning, also a Christian, has taken a very different approach to his faith. Continue Reading...