Do Big Things By Leading Small

Do Big Things By Leading Small

by Mike Clear We have a big challenge. A BIG challenge. Most studies today indicate that at least half of students will walk away from their faith in college. Why? Professors that are too pushy? Roommates who are too radical? Cynical sweethearts? Although these may be the easy mark, the reason they walk away from their faith is not something they come across on campus. Rather, it’s something they bring from home. For most, it’s an immature, borrowed, untested or fragile faith. Now, before you... Read More
Multiplying Yourself for Greater Impact

Multiplying Yourself for Greater Impact

by Autumn Ward Don’t worry, we’re not taking a stand in support of human cloning. But think about it: How much better would your ministry be if there were about five more ministry leaders, five more of you? Believe it or not, there is a way to multiply yourself. We call them coaches. Rather than the pastor/director trying to lead all the volunteers, he or she looks for leaders who are already serving and begins to develop them as coaches. Rather than continuing to lead one small... Read More
3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

by Kevin Ragsdale The small-group leader is the single most important volunteer in our ministry, and over the years I have made some interesting discoveries that have redefined what I look for in a leader. First, a good small group leader must have time. It doesn’t matter how good you are with students or how much charisma you have if you don’t make the time to invest relationally. Second, a good small group leader knows how to make good decisions on the fly. How your leaders respond, react,... Read More
Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do

Recently, I came across a video that drove home—even more deeply—the importance that small group leaders and church volunteers have in a child’s life. The video is called “I’ll Need You” by Igniter Media. What you’re doing today, this weekend, next month and next year in your church is important to the children around you. They’ll need you. . . . Click here for more information about Igniter Media, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook. The video,... Read More
Using XP3 in an Urban Environment, Part 2: The Small Group Break Down

Using XP3 in an Urban Environment, Part 2: The Small Group Break Down

by Leneita Fix and Jeffrey Wallace I learned a long time ago that small group time is the most vital time with our group. These are the moments when we see the heart of our students and what their thoughts are about the world around them. Last week in one of my small groups, I learned one of my 17-year-old high school students had never heard—in their whole life—the concept that God knows everything about them. This shocked me because, while she is new to our setting, she has grown up in... Read More