Andy Stanley on new groups

A youth pastor in Georgia got a vision for doubling groups in a kind of accidental way. By that I mean that he did not sit down one day and ask God, “Give me a plan for reaching Atlanta for You!” It was more like this. Because he was a youth pastor, he spent all his...

Andy Stanley: circles are better than rows

So right about now you’re thinking, Hmm. How do you program that? You don’t. You can create practical Bible teaching, but you can’t create a providential relationship. Our team spent a lot of time discussing the church’s role in this important faith catalyst. Here’s...

Andy Stanley: should unbelievers lead small groups?

We almost always involve unbelievers in our small groups. And we give them opportunities to lead the discussion. One of my most memorable small group experiences was the night John led. The first night we were together as a group, John announced that the only reason...

Andy Stanley: this is what it is all about

One of the reasons I love our church is that I’ve gotten to see this catalyst play out in the lives of my kids. Part of our strategy for volunteering is to get our high school students involved in serving. All three of my kids were leading small groups as soon as they...

Andy Stanley: the secret side of growing as a disciple

The secret side of the Christian experience is a really big deal to me. I’m not sure I would be doing what I’m doing today if it weren’t for something God whispered to me during a quiet time in college. I’ve shared this story in a prior book. So I’ll spare you the...
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