How do you feel about your curriculum?

How do you feel about the Bible Study Lesson you are using? I have asked this question a number of times when teaching Bible Study leaders: How many times has your life been changed by Bible Study Curriculum? More than once, groups have spontaneously laughed out loud. Bible Study Leaders don’t seem too fired up about the Bible Study […]

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Urgency

Change does not start with change. It doesn’t start with vision-casting. These will come later. It starts with urgency. It starts by starting the house on fire. Or, by persuading the church that the house is on fire. People are naturally resistant to change. If they don’t see a compelling reason to change they won’t […]

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Something is changing

Something is changing in the American church. Maybe it is the environment. Maybe it is the church itself. If it is not corrected, it could kill us. I have been traveling and working with church leaders full-time over the last 15 years. My current account with American Airlines shows 2,155,306 lifetime miles. I’ve seen a […]

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Change Your Church or Die

Your church is perfectly tuned to get the results you are now getting. If you keep doing what you have been doing, you will keep getting what have been getting. If you change. . . Well, you might lose your job. It might be a big brouhaha. This book is about changing your church and […]

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What a difference groups make!

Group involvement makes attendees more likely to be intentional in spending time with other believers. There is greater than a 40 percent difference between the two groups when measuring the effort to intentionally make time for fellowship with other believers and to intentionally spend time with other believers to help spiritual growth. This should not […]

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Why groups are necessary for transormation

Were you to ever venture just north of San Francisco into Muir Woods, an incredible forest of sequoia trees, you would no doubt be provoked to a sense of awe over the strength and endurance of the massive trees. Sequoias are sometimes referred to as the largest living things on earth, reaching almost 250 feet […]

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Doubling Groups in China

We often think of the early church as experiencing incredible, explosive, growth, and it did. But, this growth was limited to the Mediterranean basin and later to Europe. If it were not for the obedience of Paul in pursuing God’s missionary calling on his life, the church may not have expanded that much. Paul was […]

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Connection

Groups connect. That is, they bring people together on a personal and heart-based level. Connection is the basis of any good work in a group. For a few minutes every week or so, members receive the experience of being attached, loved, and in relationship with like-minded people. Connection, far more than the information dispensed, keeps […]

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Simple Teaching

When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray, he didn’t give fourteen principles on prayer. He didn’t give them a book. He didn’t even give them a sermon. He gave them a very short, simple, prayer. One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said […]

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Ying Kai on new groups

By now you may have heard the story of a pastor in Asia named Ying Kai. He had a heart to see God transform his people. His church was responsible for planting one new church a year and was considered to be successful in reaching people. Although he estimated that he and his wife, Grace, […]

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Defensive eating

Today is Christmas. I am not sure what that means at your place, (although, I bet I can guess!) but at ours it means lots of food. It is time to think about eating defensively. The enemy is the pecan pie. I can attempt to defeat the enemy by saying, “I will not eat the […]

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