Small Groups: Guidelines and Norms

Small Groups: Guidelines and Norms

Every group has norms, whether they are stated or unstated, examined or unexamined. If you are overseeing small groups in your ministry, I would suggest there are significant advantages to be had by stating, examining, processing, and reinforcing small groups...
NEW BOOK! An Undivided Heart

NEW BOOK! An Undivided Heart

Early in the pandemic, I was talking with my friend Ralph Plumb about the role of compassion in the Kingdom of God and in society. Ralph is widely traveled with much of those travels focused on the relief of human suffering. He also served the Union Rescue Mission in...
Living Life as God Intended

Living Life as God Intended

Last week in my blog I wrote about the role process groups can play in local churches as a supplement to more traditional small groups. Today I want to share with you a free five-week process group I created about ten years ago called Living Life as God Intended. I...
Small groups or process groups? What about both?

Small groups or process groups? What about both?

Most churches have small groups of some kind. They can be called missional communities, fellowship groups, community groups, etc. These groups are most often essential to the life of the church. They are where people gather to be known, prayed for, challenged, and...
The loneliness epidemic

The loneliness epidemic

Two years ago, the UK appointed a “Minister of Loneliness” as part of their National Health Service to tackle a rising epidemic of loneliness. Doctors could refer patients to community workers who connect people with social gatherings such as cooking classes, walking...