Give them the Tools they Need!

Today would like to hit on one aspect of the small group coach-leader relationship: equipping. If you are a small group coach you probably know building a relationship with your leaders is super important but you don’t necessarily want to get stuck there. Pastor Bill Donahue from Willow Creek makes this point when he saysContinue reading “Give them the Tools they Need!”

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Living an Unhurried Life – Prayer

I recently picked up a book by Alan Fadling, called An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rythms of Work and Rest. I picked it up upon the recommendation of Paul Jensen, the executive director of the Leadership Institute, whom Alan is the director of a ministry within that ministry.  Its kind of cool actually, many yearsContinue reading “Living an Unhurried Life – Prayer”

DiscipleShift – High School & College Coaching

In his book Discipleshift Jim Putman uses a sport illustration to explain two distinct approaches to discipling people. Even though its directed at pastors its true of any ministry position, whether you are a movement leader, lead pastor, small group leader, or apprentice. Check out what he has to say: “The problem is that churchContinue reading “DiscipleShift – High School & College Coaching”

Top Seven Books of 2012

The year has come to an end and its time to do what bloggers do… write a “Top x Books of the Year” list. I have read a ton of books this year. Over 130 which means that I read more than 2 books per week. CRAZY! However as I looked at those books mostContinue reading “Top Seven Books of 2012”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 3): Cultivating A Passion for Developing Leaders

The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating a Passion for Developing Leaders “Faithful leaders will make disciples, but great leaders focus on making other leaders.”  -Tom Wood  Here is a simple truth, if leaders are going to grow they NEED someone to coach them. Some leaders will not have a coach so they will turn toContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 3): Cultivating A Passion for Developing Leaders”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 5): Pattern 1 – Steps for Connecting Your Own Group

I know its been a LONG time since I posted for this series (two full quarters to be exact)…. but school is almost on break again so here we go! ____________________________________________________ Pattern 1: Connecting (Steps for Your Group) Hey friends, I know it’s been a while since I last posted something to this series. IContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 5): Pattern 1 – Steps for Connecting Your Own Group”

Simple Smallgroups (pt. 2): Biblical Life Groups

Biblical Lifegroups Okay I know that the last “article”/post/lesson (what do I even call these things!) was pretty long…. I’m sorry, but I had to set down the groundwork before we could start building upon it. Anyway today’s article is going to be a lot shorter, I promise! So last time we took a lookContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups (pt. 2): Biblical Life Groups”

Simple Smallgroups: Three Simple Patterns

Simple Small Groups: Three Simple Patterns So recently I started to read this new book by a small groups pastor out in Kentucky. He started out as a skeptic about small groups but now he has fully bought into them. Naturally I wanted to see what he thought was so great about them so IContinue reading “Simple Smallgroups: Three Simple Patterns”