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Move Your Small Group or Team Past Status Quo

Many small groups in America are not missional. They are good at caring for one another and studying the Bible, which is good . . . but not great! In Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses our need to “confront the brutal facts.”  In…

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Added by Michael Mack on February 23, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

A Healthy Small Group Is the Body of Christ

A small group, at its core, is Christ’s body in action. Stop and think about this for a moment. Your small group is the church. Not a subset of the church. Not a supportive program within the church. Not a tool to close the back door. Unfortunately, in today’s world, our mental image of “church” is usually something much bigger or more institutional than a single small group. We say, “I’m going to church,” meaning a building, a mass meeting, or possibly a structured program of some…

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Added by Michael Mack on February 21, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments

Do Small Groups Divide the Church?

Back in December I blogged that healthy small groups are friends. (See post here.) I'm not sure why, but this has recently become the most popular post on this blog. It was picked up recently by ChurchLeaders.com (…

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Added by Michael Mack on February 5, 2011 at 8:42pm — 9 Comments

Are You Building Walls or People

Are you being a good steward of your small group (or church, ministry, family, business ...)?



I've written about this before in reference to how you are discipling and shepherding the group God has put under your care (1 Peter 5:2). That's vital to leading a healthy small group or anything else. But there's even more to it than that.



How are you using all the gifts and abilities and passions of the people entrusted to you?



Today I…

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Added by Michael Mack on February 1, 2011 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

Every Day Christianity

I read Acts 2 again today in my quiet time. Of course, this is a very familiar passage, one to which people like me give our lives. Today, this passage struck me a little differently than it has before.

 

"And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had" (Acts…
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Added by Michael Mack on January 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

2011: The Year of Relationships

On New Year's Day of 2010, I began a new practice that I'm continuing next year. I had read John Eldridge's New Year's Eve post about his annual practice of asking God for a theme for the coming year. Last year, I heard God say the word more. Since 2009 had been a very difficult year, that word really scared me at first. I did not think I could take more of the same. But then I heard God complete…

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Added by Michael Mack on January 1, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Just need to be fed? Grow up!

Tomorrow our family will gather, like most of yours, to celebrate Thanksgiving. I'll be giving thanks for many things this year, but one of the tops is for my kids.



I'm particularly thankful that not one of my kids will ask me to cut up their turkey for them or feed them their cranberry sauce tomorrow. In fact, the girls are ready to help prepare the meal. We won't have any babies with us this Thanksgiving, but if we did, they could feed them their Gerber Turkey and… Continue

Added by Michael Mack on November 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Peter Pan and Adam Sandler Christians

I just need to be fed.


I love hearing people say this when they are very young followers of Christ. Babies need someone to feed them. My role and responsibility as a mature follower of Christ in the church (and by that, I mean the body of Christ, not an institution) is to help feed those babes in Christ.



I despise hearing people say this when they are mature followers of Christ. And… Continue

Added by Michael Mack on November 24, 2010 at 8:27pm — 7 Comments

Solitude First



I've been blogging a short series about our inner life, discipleship, community, and ministry, inspired by an article by Henri Nouwen years ago in the Spring 1995 issue of Leadership. Find the most recent blog…

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Added by Michael Mack on November 7, 2010 at 8:42pm — 5 Comments

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