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How to launch a small groups system

Here is the 5th, and final, installment of my interview with Randall Neighbour (on Twitter HERE), as a follow-up to his book, The Naked Truth of Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What to Do About It.  You can see part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE, and part 4 HERE.

My final question for Randall: What is the best way to launch a small groups system?

 

How do discipleship and mentoring play into small groups?

Here’s part 4 of my interview with Randall (on Twitter HERE), as a follow-up to his book, The Naked Truth of Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What to Do About It.  You can see part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE.

My question for Randall: How do discipleship and mentoring play into small groups?

 

Does your pastor REALLY need to buy-in?

How important is it to have your lead pastor’s buy-in? Can a small group ministry thrive in an environment where the pastor isn’t living life with others in biblical community?

Randall Neighbour doesn’t think so.

Here’s part 3 of my interview with him, as a follow-up to his book, The Naked Truth of Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What to Do About It.  You can see part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE.



Does your pastor buy in to small groups?  What kind of an effect has that had on your small group system?

 

The danger of lowering the Leadership Bar

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Randall Neighbour (here’s part 1).  It’s a follow-up interview to his new book, The Naked Truth of Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What to Do About It.  I was challenged, but had some follow-up questions for Randall.

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Randall Neighbour, focusing on the dangers Randall sees with lowering the leadership bar when it comes to recruiting new leaders.

Randall Neighbour, part 2 from Ben Reed on Vimeo.

 

Randall Neighbour Interview, part 1

I’ve read through Randall Neighbour’s The Naked Truth of Small Group Ministry: When it Won’t Work and What to Do About It.  I was challenged, but had some follow-up questions for Randall.

I thought that my interview would take 3-5 minutes.  30 minutes later, we were still talking.  So I’ve decided to break it up into 5 sections.

Please bear with the audio and video quality. I’m doing the best I can!

If you’d like to get a free copy of Randall’s book, I’m extending the contest giveaway until tomorrow at noon!  Click HERE to enter.

1st question:

What are some of the major problems you see in most small groups systems right now?

 

Caption this!

I met Randall Neighbour (you can follow him on Twitter HERE) a few weeks ago, and I would already consider him a friend.  I love the way that he thinks about small groups, and the value of getting people connected in authentic, biblical, God-honoring community.

Randall’s recently released a book, The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry.

He has generously donated 5 copies to Life and Theology for me to give away!

To be entered into the drawing, please do one (or all) of the following.  Each is worth one entry, so feel free to “enter” as many times as you’d like…the more you enter, the more chances you have to win!

1. Tweet this (or share on Facebook): RT @benreed He could’ve done better w the title but I’ll snag a FREE copy of @rgneighbour ‘s book on small groups here: http://ow.ly/1dpRv!

  • Feel free to share as many times as you’d like!

2. Subscribe to Life and Theology by email HERE or RSS reader HERE

3. Leave a comment below with your suggestion of a better title for his book.

  • Include how many points you’ve accumulated (1 for each time you tweet or FB share, 1 for subscribing to Life and Theology, 1 for a comment)

This is the front cover of Randall’s book, and the printed copy says, “The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry.”  For the record, Randall’s very happy with the title, and isn’t looking to change it…but hey, I had to come up with a good reason to give these books away, right?  So leave your new title as a comment below…be creative!

I will randomly pick 5 winners on March 8th and will let you know via email if you’ve won.

I’ll start us off:

My new title:

I’m a small group leader…how did this happen?

 

The Summit

I asked this question on Twitter:

I was hoping to get a list of the conferences that people I know and trust are attending.  I did.  And the list was huge.  It included men’s conferences, pastor’s conferences, conferences close by, and others far away.  Some designed to equip you to be a better leader.  Others focused on spiritual growth.  Some were for men with funny accents.  Others for pastors whose last name ended in “Q.”  And still others designed for pastors whose wives graduated from a state university 2 years prior to their husband graduating from seminary.  And, I’m sure, all great conferences in their own right.

But a couple of people mentioned The Summit conference.  They said that small group experts were gathering together to talk through small group-related topics.  Since I’m involved in small groups ministry, I checked into it.

For budget reasons, I pick and choose the conferences that I attend with much discretion.

For ministry-related reasons, I pick and choose the conferences that I attend with much discretion.

For conferences-mean-I-get-further-behind-with-regular-work reasons, I pick and choose the conferences that I attend with much discretion.

For I-love-my-family-and-don’t-want-to-do-a-ton-of-traveling-if-I-can-help-it reasons, I pick and choose the conferences that I attend with much discretion.

I think that The Summit answers all of these reasons.

The Summit is:

  • Free – can’t beat that!
  • Online – watch it from your couch.  Your office.  Your phone.  Your friend’s phone.  Your friend’s couch.
  • 1 1/2 hours – I like things that are short and to the point.  Give me what I need to know and send me on my way.
  • 10 small group ministry experts – this is literally the “Who’s Who” of small group guys.  You may not have known that a “Who’s Who of small group guys” list existed, but it does…and it includes these guys:
  1. Lyman Coleman
  2. Steve Gladen
  3. Randall Neighbour
  4. Bill Donahue
  5. Carl George
  6. Rick Howerton
  7. Bill Search
  8. Reid Smith
  9. Greg Bowman
  10. Eddie Mosley

Quote from The Summit site:

These men represent decades of experience with small groups including the six basic types: free market, closed, open, organic, multi-group, and cell church. We’ll use a question-and-answer format to tap into their collective knowledge and give you real-world answers to your small group challenges.

Sign up HERE for the event that happens on Thursday, February 18th, from 10:30-12:00 CST.

I’ll be watching.  What about you?

 

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