I remember growing up in a neighborhood with few privacy fences. All the neighborhood kids knew each other and hung out together. The adults talked in the front yards, borrowed tools and helped each other with projects. I have a lot of great memories of that time. Today is a different time. I am not … Continue reading Privacy fences, personal space and community
I remember the first time I had a health club membership. I had my gym bag and my membership key tag on my key ring. I came in the front door with a little swagger. I was proud of my health club membership. I strolled to the desk and I scanned my key tag and … Continue reading Exclusive Party?
Small groups are messy. It's one thing for small group ministry leaders to know it and communicate, and yet another for the individual small group member to navigate it successfully. People's messy lives have the potential to bring conflict and frustration to a group if the leader doesn't help keep the group focused on what … Continue reading New Eyes
In my beginning days in small group ministry, a ministry friend and Life Group Pastor at Real Life Church in Valencia, CA, Brandon Beard said to me words I will never forget. He said, "Some day, after you've kicked off your small groups, someone will say, 'Look at the mess you've made.' And all you … Continue reading What a Mess
I have been reading the book Life Together:The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In it he writes: God has willed that we should seek and find His living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of man. Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God's Word to him. … Continue reading Words with Friends
Are you in community? That is, with your small group leaders. As point leaders in small group ministry we are constantly beating the drum of community amongst our groups and their leaders, but are WE in community with our leaders? It is as important for the leadership community to be tied together with each other … Continue reading In Community with your leaders…