Running Small Groups


How to Keep Conflict From Ruining Your Small Group

The first thing we must address here is, what kind of small group/Christ-centered community are we talking about?  The kind that meet together once a week or two, discuss topics over coffee and snacks, and whose primary function is for its members to get their “spiritual food” for the week?  If this is the kind Continue Reading…

Small Group Decision-making: The Essential Concept You’ve Probably Never Been Taught

Summary:  Majority-rule isn’t of the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom operates by consensus.   When you try to operate within a small group setting, you’re at a tremendous disadvantage.  You’re an American. Now the reason that’s a disadvantage has nothing to do with nationality or politics, but everything to do with culture and mindsets.  When it Continue Reading…

The Serial Killer of Organic Church & Small Group Meetings Everywhere

Summary:  Monologues have killed organic church meetings everywhere.  Those that like to give them are in every small group.  They are hard to stop because many don’t know they’re killers, don’t know they’re happening, or don’t know how to stop them.  These groups may have a chance to survive if they are eliminated from most of Continue Reading…

5 Reasons Most Small Groups Fail

They Have Inappropriate Focus We’ve been called the “me culture” by many cultural specialists.  This focus on individualism is marked by a way of life that makes the individual and his or her wants, needs, and desires supreme or sovereign over everything else. When we gather as a group, we gather as a collection of Continue Reading…