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Chapel Hill’s Plan for Making Disciples that Make Disciples

For several years now, Chapel Hill folks have been used to calling our Sunday evening discipleship small groups by the designation “LIFE” groups.  Now, I want to designate ALL our small groups under the category of “LIFE” groups; whether they are Sunday morning Bible study small groups or they are Sunday evening discipleship groups or they are small groups that meet off-campus at other … Read More Chapel Hill’s Plan for Making Disciples that Make Disciples

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CONVERSATIONAL SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY FACILITATION

by Rick Howerton Facilitating a small group Bible study is one of my favorite things to do. Hearing the combined wisdom of the group, drawing the hesitant group member into the conversation, searching for God’s truth while keeping each other’s opinions in check, and seeing the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit as He uses many voices to find out what God is really … Read More THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CONVERSATIONAL SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY FACILITATION

So you’re a new Small Group leader…

by  Jeremy Smith, The SmallGroupNut Being a small group leader is one of the most fun and terrifying things in life. The fun comes when the relationships get bigger than the group and discipleship happens. Terrifying happens when relationships get messy and when questions get bigger. Here’s a few helpful hints that can hopefully remove some of the ‘terrifying’ and emphasize the fun. 1. Pray, … Read More So you’re a new Small Group leader…

4 Ways Big Sunday School Classes are Hurting the Church

by Ken Braddy If you asked a dozen teachers what the purpose of Sunday School is, you’d hear a variety of things – there would not be consensus among them. Some would argue that Bible study is the primary reason Sunday School exists. Another person would passionately plea that evangelism is the number one goal. Still others would say fellowship or ministry to others … Read More 4 Ways Big Sunday School Classes are Hurting the Church

Rick Howerton: 14 Excuses People Use for Not Joining a Small Group

A massive number of people never join a small group because, when they verbalize an honest excuse, we don’t have a wise answer for them. Below you’ll find fourteen excuses people use when they don’t want to become part of a small group. You’ll also find a wise response to each excuse. I don’t know the Bible well enough. Response: No one knows everything … Read More Rick Howerton: 14 Excuses People Use for Not Joining a Small Group

God’s kind of Small Group! (according to His scripture)

If we truly take God’s Word as being sufficient and complete, then we will see that the New Testament reveals what a small group of believers should look like when they come together to help each other grow in spiritual maturity and become like Jesus.  Whether your small group meets at the church building on Sunday mornings/evenings or whether it meets off campus at … Read More God’s kind of Small Group! (according to His scripture)

Developing Community in Your Small Group

More from Rick Howerton’s blog and his interview with Mike Mack. THE MIKE MACK INTERVIEW DAY 3… CREATING COMMUNITY IN GROUPS   This is day 3 of my interview with Mike Mack. Mike is one of the long-time leaders in the groups movement and is one of the most prolific writers on the topic. Mike knows more about groups than almost anyone I know. This … Read More Developing Community in Your Small Group

From LifeWay’s Ed Stetzer: 5 essential elements of transformational small groups

    Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Fewer than half of those churches said they had a plan for discipling people. Only … Read More From LifeWay’s Ed Stetzer: 5 essential elements of transformational small groups

THE MIKE MACK INTERVIEW, DAY 2… HOLINESS, LIFE IN COMMUNITY, AND WHY IT MATTERS

Today Mike joins me in discussing a topic that seems to be lacking in the minds of many… holiness in community and why it matters. Rick: Mike, I know you as one of the most biblically focused authors I know of when it comes to group life. Not only that, I’ve seen the way you live your life. You are a man who lives … Read More THE MIKE MACK INTERVIEW, DAY 2… HOLINESS, LIFE IN COMMUNITY, AND WHY IT MATTERS

When You Give to Chapel Hill’s “Acts 1:8” Missions Offering Over and Above Your Tithe…