5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

We were in a quiet monastery in Ohio. I held a book in my hands that became one I’d revisit every year, required reading turned manifesto. It was a small spiritual formation class during my senior year of college. We were few, but the lessons we learned were many. The book we read was called, In The Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen. If I were asked to pick one book to offer volunteers in ministry, it’d be this one—a nurturing guide to continue to develop them as servant leaders. When small group... Read More
Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Last night while at a youth ministry camp I was reminded of a universal truth. Kids cheat. Especially when trying to dominate everyone else during a round of dodge ball. I tagged one high school guy out at least three times before he kind of, sort of acknowledged that he had been hit. I couldn’t win. And afterward he confessed that he really loves playing so he ignores the rules to stay in the game. I appreciated his honesty, and we laughed it off. As a speaker I’ll likely never get to know... Read More
How to Motivate Small Group Leaders to Serve: 3 Steps Backed by Experience

How to Motivate Small Group Leaders to Serve: 3 Steps Backed by Experience

You want your small group leaders to have an internal compass that leads them to saying yes to: Impromptu opportunities to serve with their few. Participation in organized opportunities to serve with your church or community. Being creative when it comes to serving families of the students they know. You want them to be as passionate about serving goals as you are. At the same time, you have empathy looking into their worlds and you understand the complexities of volunteer leader life. You... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Brooklyn Lindsey

Voices of the Phase Project :: Brooklyn Lindsey

Every middle schooler needs someone to affirm their personal journey. Maybe that’s why after 16 years in middle school ministry affirmation is part of Brooklyn’s second nature. Even if she wasn’t an expert on the mind and world of adolescence, even if she wasn’t a skilled communicator, even if she didn’t have a passion for connecting teens to consistent service opportunities, we might keep Brooklyn on speed dial just because. Here’s what Brooklyn Lindsey had to say when we asked her a few... Read More
Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

After a day of learning about what advocacy looks like in organizations and churches, our compassionate ministry training landed on a question: “What breaks your heart?” Before the question was asked, I felt empowered with new knowledge, comforted that there was a plan in place to aim for community transformation through a network of churches and ministries around the world but I also felt somewhat detached from it. Because . . . information doesn’t always motivate me. Pain, however, does.... Read More