4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

Identifying and recruiting potential small group leaders is one of the most important things we do as pastors and leaders. We are wired to look for people who are immediately ready to lead—people who are mature relationally, developed spiritually, sound theologically, and smart biblically. The problem with that approach is looking for disciples instead of doing what Jesus told us to do: making disciples. That means we are not looking for ready-made leaders but for people who are postured and... Read More
3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

Regardless of how you minister to others, whether you’re on church staff or you volunteer in the kindergarten room, you’re probably in a small group of adults. You may even lead a small group of adults. If you are, this is for you. People often come to small groups with a consumer mentality. They are looking for relationships, teaching, social opportunities, spiritual formation, therapy, or a connection. But a small group isn’t a commodity to be consumed; it’s a community to be formed. We... Read More
Book Signings at #OC14

Book Signings at #OC14

Even with the popularity of Ebooks, many people still prefer to flip through the pages of a physical book. If this is you, we’ve got a treat in store at OC14, with some of your favorite authors holding book signings for their latest releases. This is also a fantastic opportunity to grab a photo or quick word with these respected authors.  Thursday – 10:45 a.m. Mark Batterson (All In and Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children) Heather Zempel (Community is Messy and Amazed and... Read More
When Christians Lie

When Christians Lie

by Heather Zempel “Just tell me everything is going to be okay.” That’s all my friend wanted me to say. Just a little comfort and assurance. We had just spent about four hours talking about the difficulties she was facing in ministry and leadership and relationships, and we had hashed through the advantages and disadvantages of potential upcoming decisions. “Just tell me that everything is going to be okay.” That’s all she wanted. Just one little throwaway line to give her heart some warm... Read More
When the Mess is of Your own Creation

When the Mess is of Your own Creation

by Heather Zempel Community is messy. It’s one of my favorite things to talk about. Usually, when I talk about messy community, I share examples from the comfortable vantage point of a third-party observer of a mess, a consultant in the navigation of a mess, or the victim of a mess. But every now and then, I am the instigator of a mess of the bad kind. What do you do when you—the leader—are the originator, creator, and mastermind of an unintentional mess? I found myself in that very... Read More