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Why I Love My Small Group: Authentic & Genuine

At our first meeting together our Small Group Leader asked us to give our testimony and offered to go first. He went on to share very personal life circumstances that led him to Jesus, and I remember thinking, “Dude, we just met. Your living room is full of strangers. Why are you telling us this?” His vulnerability and willingness to step out in faith set the tone for our Small Group for years to come.

Did You Miss ‘Conflict’?

During our recent Coach Equip Night on Tuesday September 3, we featured the topic: “Conflict.”
We spent time covering eight principles for handling conflict—for ourselves, our groups, and assisting our leaders.

4 Reasons Why Singles Need a Marriage Series

Small Groups are a place for married couples to find hope together. During our sermon series entitled The Marriage Mystery, a few contributors have been asked to share tools for Small Groups to help one another in their marriage or singleness.

Date Night Changed Our Marriage

Small Groups are a place for married couples to find hope together. During our sermon series entitled The Marriage Mystery, a few contributors have been asked to share tools for Small Groups to help one another in their marriage or singleness.


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4 Ways to Deal with Transition as a Couple

We’d lived in East Asia for seven years. It was home. Our apartment was our house. Our church was our family. Our neighbors were our mission field. And then, we received some really, really bad news. In light of this news, we were told that if we ever wanted to work in the country again, we should leave immediately.

Why My Small Group Feels Like Fellowship

When I look at the early church and its people, one simple word comes to mind: fellowship. But it’s through my Small Group that I’ve come to realize what this feels like.

4 Tools for Real Fellowship

In a previous post, we uncovered what real fellowship looks like. But what are a few easy tools that we can use in the group to bring about this real fellowship?

How Can Your Small Group Affect the Nations?

It’s remarkable that your Small Group can actually affect the nations! In a lot more ways than it could have, say, one hundred years ago.

But first, why affect the nations? God’s plan from the beginning of His choosing Abraham was to bless all nations through him…

Helping Others Through Discouragement

Every one of us gets discouraged from time to time. Some of us get discouraged often… How can we help each other fight discouragement as brothers and sisters in Christ?

Living in and Serving the Urban Community of Brookside

Anxious, uncertain, waiting: all of us have been there, but fortunately we have a God who meets us and provides every time. I didn’t expect God would provide for me by calling me to serve at a place that was once coined the attractive name “the swamp.”

6 Takeaways from TGC19

The Gospel Coalition held their 2019 conference here in Indianapolis, and it was a privilege to attend.  Below are my 6 takeaways from the conference

How Do I Help My Group Grow In Evangelism?

I’m better at evangelism than I was in college. But it’s still really hard. And I’d guess it’s hard for you and the members of your Small Group as well. So, how can we help our groups—and ourselves—grow in giving the gospel to our dying world?

4 Texts That Could Level Up Your Relationships

Our phones can be one of the best ways to connect with the people that we care about. Below are four types of text messages that you could send to others in your group to build your relationships outside of the regular gathering time.

63 Digging Deeper Questions

We all want to know those in our Small Group better. Here are sixty-three questions that we can ask to “dig deeper” into the lives of our fellow group members. The higher the number, the deeper the question.

How Levels of Care Change the Game

Some people may have the vision of Small Group to simply meet every two weeks and not actually find out what’s going on in each other’s lives beyond the gathering. But that’s not a biblical approach. The body of believers in the New Testament church were active in coming alongside and speaking the truth in love to one another, and we are to be no different.

3 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Small Group Member

People are messy; community is messy. Community within a Small Group is a beautiful place to find hope with other believers, but it can also be a difficult place to enter with the fear of being known by others. These are three personal takeaways that I have learned from being a member in a Small Group and how it has benefited my own walk with God.

What Does “Living Life Together” Really Mean?

“Living Life Together” is one of the three essentials of College Park Small Groups, and it represents the practical ways that we should experience true community in our Small Groups. Let’s explore what this essential doesn’t mean before looking at what it means.

How Do I Welcome a Newbie?

Opening up your group to new people can feel scary, but it takes a lot of courage to join a new group. The new person is probably more nervous than you are! Here are a few tips for a smooth transition.

3 Questions to Ask Before You Bail On Your Small Group

We’ve all committed to things that we shortly after wish we hadn’t. Sometimes we have good reasons, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes leaders can feel the pull to bail on their group. How do you know when your impulse to bail is really a good idea? Three questions will help you decide.

What Should My Small Group Do With Kids?

Children are a blessing from the Lord. But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with them when Small Group night rolls around. There is not one golden solution for how to take care of kids during your Small Group gathering, but there are a number of options that you can consider for your group.

Setting Clear Expectations with a Covenant

“Why is it that this person just doesn’t show up?” As leaders, it’s discouraging when men and women don’t show up. How can we remedy this? Part of the answer is by setting clear expectations for your group and following through with them.

What Does Having a “Christ-Centered Focus on the Word” Mean?

How many times have we used Christian phrases or words with the expectation that our listener knows exactly what we mean? Perhaps the Small Group essential of a “Christ-Centered Focus on the Word” sounds like this sort of “Christianese.” Instead of a throwaway term, this essential is the backbone of Small Group culture, and it should also be the backbone of our lives as believers.