Easter services are the biggest of the year in most churches. Everyone who calls your church home, their friends, and plenty of visitors pack the house. You and your staff give it your all. The music, the creative elements, the sermon — everything is planned,...read more
When it comes to discipleship and small groups, there is a tension between series, seasons, and semesters. On the one hand, you don’t want to fight against the community calendar. But, on the other side of things, you can’t have only 8-12 weeks for discipleship in a...read more
Sermons do a lot of things, but sermons don’t make disciples. Here’s the dilemma: the church’s mission is to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). If sermons don’t make disciples, then how does the church fulfill its mission? If sermons don’t directly fulfill...read more
“In the past we put all this effort and energy on trying to get people to meet in homes, meet in groups in homes, and for the amount of impact it actually had, oh man, it's just so much work, and effort, and energy for so little actual fruit” said Jud Wilhite, pastor...read more
One of the keys to getting groups to continue after an alignment series or church-wide campaign is to offer the groups a next step in the middle of the current series. (If you'd like to learn the other keys, check out my minicourse by clicking here). You should offer...read more
When it comes to launching groups in a smaller church, there is a dilemma. There aren't many great models. Most materials and training about small groups come from pastors of megachurches. Their models don't work well in smaller churches. What works in a large church...read more
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