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People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

We are not out to make smarter sinners; we are out to make disciples.

A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 in 10 years.

Belonging comes before believing

My cautious conclusions about how most people become Christians were reinforced by a more empirical study sponsored by the United Bible Societies in Great Britain, led and written by John Finney. A research team received 360 completed questionnaires from converts, and... read more

Ziglar, you are a real pane!

Once in the early years of my speaking career I was invited to fill in for Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who was taken ill. The audience was obviously disappointed that they had to listen to me instead of the famous Dr. Peale, but I tried my best to fill his shoes. After... read more

How to deal with someone who talks too much in group

People shifted in their seats, looking first at each other, then down at their Bibles. Janice didn’t seem to notice. She just kept on talking, answering almost every question in the guide before anyone else could speak. As the group members shuffled out after the... read more

How loving is your group

One of my follow-up surveys related directly to the issue of people skills. There were three interesting findings that came out of that survey. Take advantage of them all. Cell-phone use. I asked leaders how many members’ phone numbers they had programmed into their... read more

The goal is not to make smarter sinners

If we are to make disciples, we must teach for application. We must teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded. We are not out to make smarter sinners. Andy Stanley has a great description of this: Jesus taught for a response. He taught for life change. He didn’t... read more

The “With Him” principle

Jesus’ method of making disciples–a method we should all follow–is set forth in this short verse: He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach Mark 3:14 (NIV2011) Robert Coleman explains Jesus’... read more

Why We Must Discuss

I have always preferred a discussion group to a lecture group, but I didn’t understand until recently why discussing the Bible—versus hearing a Bible lesson—is so important and life-changing. To illustrate why we must discuss, I’d like to misquote a verse and ask you... read more

Behave, believe, and belong

Wesley clearly understood that Christian formation (disciple making) does not happen by accident, but by intention and with discipline. Discipline, for Wesley, is simply a habitual practice of the means of grace (or Christian spiritual disciplines, known as “works of... read more

What is spiritual direction?

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the ancient art of spiritual direction, even in evangelical circles. There is a sense that this centuries-old practice can have a fresh relevance to the hungering hearts and minds of contemporary Christians.... read more

Jesus on community

Jesus designed Christian community to be the place we find wholeness, a congruency between who we are in public and who we are in private. He wants us to live together honestly and transparently. Not so we can be resigned to our brokenness, but so that we can begin to... read more

Bible Lessons for Bible Teachers

I am working on a new series of lessons designed for small group pastors to teach to their group leaders. You can access there here http://www.joshhunt.com/bible-lessons-for-bible-teachers/... read more

Small groups are not the end of ministry…

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an... read more

Disciplemaking in groups

One of my favorite verses about discipleship is found in Mark 3:14. It says that Jesus “appointed twelve . . . that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.” The first part of the disciples’ training was just being in relationship with Christ.... read more

Revival or Revitalization: what is the difference?

A clear and definite distinction must be drawn between the content of ‘Revival’ and that of ‘Revitalization’. Although the two may often experience an overlap, they are not necessarily synonymous; nor are they always coincidental. Revival and revitalization are... read more

Guidelines to Revitalization

In this study, 324 comeback churches were surveyed in order to seek answers to the questions of what and how to make a comeback from a trend of spiraling downward, both spiritually and numerically. How did 324 churches start growing again after experiencing a pattern... read more

Church Revitalization: A 100 year old perspective

In the Reports of the Conference we find the same thoughts expressed in different words. Thus in Vol. I., “Carrying the Gospel,” we read under 3A, “The missionary problem of the Church to-day is not primarily a financial problem, but it is how to ensure a vitality... read more
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