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
Ten years ago, when I started my first full-time ministry, I had no clue what was going on anywhere else in the world. Now, I can read blogs written by pastors all over the globe and hear their stories of what God is doing everywhere. I can watch or listen to messages in realtime as … Continue reading Spoiled Brats
I came across a writing by Dietrich Bonhoeffer this morning that read like this: Discipleship means adherence to Christ. I know the definition of adherence but I wanted to look it up to be precise. Dictionary.com defines adherence in one of the possibilities as "attachment." When I think about discipleship, this is the picture I … Continue reading Discipleship