Friday, May 27, 2016

Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Week for May 23-27, 2016


Here are last week's Small Group Leader TIPS as Tweeted, posted on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and posted on LinkedIn.


This Week's Theme: Small Group in the #Summer


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Monday, 5/23: Do not give up meeting together this . Plan now. Be flexible. Be intentional.

Tuesday, 5/24: Use calendar to block off vacations, etc. and plan when you'll meet and what you'll do thru .

Wednesday, 5/25: This meet outdoors as much as possible. And move outward as a grp as well.

Thursday, 5/26: Use as springboard for fall. . . . Develop friendships. Develop new ldrs.
 
Friday, 5/27: Be this . tog. for how God will use u to reap a this fall.
 
Go ahead: Copy and paste these to tweet or post them to your followers!

 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

3 Ways to Deal with Your Stressors Today: Encouragement Letter

My wife, Heidi, has struggled with several stressors in her life this week. So, this morning I sent her a quick email of encouragement. Later I realized that many others may also need encouragement today. Hope this helps:
Take time to recognize Jesus' presence with you; he'll be with you through every single thing you do today. He is present with you now. He gives you your unique purpose in this world. He gives you all the power you need for today.

Let go of anxiety. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Remember, you don't have to depend on your own understanding, knowledge, skills, etc. Instead, trust the Lord with all your heart. "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
Have a GREAT day!

Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Week for May 16-20, 2016


Here are last week's Small Group Leader TIPS as Tweeted, posted on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and posted on LinkedIn.

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Monday, 5/16: "Admonish one another" is a command of Scripture. To grow spiritually, ppl sometimes need it.

Tuesday, 5/17: Call a group member or 2 today simply to encourage. Be specific. Be thankful for them.

Wednesday, 5/18: #Prepare to lead a mtg well enough that you don't have to overly rely on the study guide. Focus on ppl.

Thursday, 5/19: Make leading a mtg a team event. Get as many ppl as possible involved ahead of time! #Share #leadership
 
Friday, 5/20: Take the quiet person out for coffee/lunch, call them between mtgs, talk b4 mtg starts. #invest



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Week for May 9-13, 2016


Here are the last week of Small Group Leader TIPS as Tweeted, posted on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and posted on LinkedIn.

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Monday, 5/9: As you lead this week, try this: Lean not on your own understanding. Seek God and he'll show you the way.

Tuesday, 5/10: See not only what your small group members ARE; see what they are BECOMING.

Wednesday, 5/11: When you face issues, remember you are the church, and “all the powers of hell will not conquer it."

Thursday, 5/12: Ask someone to be timekeeper who watches time and helps keep group on track.

Friday, 5/13: Don't be afraid to take bold, faith-requiring risks in & with your group. #GodSizeIt #Faith #LeadBoldly



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Small Group Coaching & the 10-20-70 Model


As I coach and consult with small group point leaders and churches, I'm finding that coaching leaders is (still) a struggle for many. At the same time, I partner with several organizations that deal with coaching business leaders, and I'm applying what I'm learning in that environment to small group and church ministry.

Over the next several posts, I'll share a few of the things I'm learning. Today, I want to discuss the 10-20-70 model of leadership development and how it relates to coaching.

I work in collaboration with with a worldwide organization called Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. It's founder, Marshall Goldsmith, recently shared a brief (less than a minute and a half) video about this 10-20-70 model and how it relates to business coaching, which you can watch here.

In the 10-20-70 model (often referred to as the 70-20-10 model for learning and development),
  • 10% of real leadership equipping happens in formal, content-centered settings (usually upfront)
  • 20% occurs as a person interacts with others (coaching)
  • 70% comes from job-related experience
My experience leading volunteers in churches, especially in small group ministries, bears this out. And yet, in the past, anyway, many leaders have put more emphasis on up-front content-centered training than the other two areas. Experience, however, points to on-the-job experience being the best trainer. That's why Jesus carried out his ministry as he did, I suspect, sending out the newly chosen apostles soon after choosing them as such.

Let's look at the numbers (and bear in mind that these numbers are not precise; I'm sure the percentages vary from one situation to another). What's the best way for small group point leaders to utilize each of these areas? Here are my suggestions from my experience and research:

10% "Formal" Equipping — I think this must include some amount of vision casting and focus on the mission of the groups. Leaders need to be able to answer the why and what questions. That's why Jesus told the disciples up-front why he was calling them and what they would become. It's why Jesus reiterated the vision and mission before his ascension.

I would seek to answer these basic questions in this part of the training:
  • What is a small group at our church?  
  • Why do we need them? 
  • What is the goal? 
  • What is a leader (or host or facilitator, etc.)? 
  • Why is this role important? 
  • How do we do groups? (These are your small group values.)

The other part of this equipping must be some kind of basic primer on how to lead a group. This can be done via online videos, for instance, but new leaders need to know at least the fundamentals of how a healthy group operates.

20% Coaching — As Goldsmith points out, this is the vital bridge between the other two types of leadership development. The coach:
  1. reminds and helps the new leader apply the upfront equipping 
  2. ensures that the leader really is continuing to learn from the on-the-job experience

The coach uses good questions to accomplish #2, asking both general and some specific questions about the people, the meetings, the outcomes, etc. (I'll talk in future posts about who these coaches are and what their roles are.)

70% OTJ Experience — Of course, this experience can be provided through intentional apprenticeship, sharing leadership as part of a Core Team, or in a Turbo Group (a group in which everyone is considered a leader-in-training and an intentional plan is in place for them to get experience and then step out to launch their own groups). I've used all of these.

I've spoken with point leaders who are using a different strategy, and I'm waiting to see how it works. Groups are started with a Host, with a very intentional track to become a Facilitator and then a Shepherd-Leader (think of this as a leadership ladder). The on-the-job experience (just-in-time training) is placed up-front and the experience is made safer by providing every resource these hosts need to succeed. They are also provided some sort of coaching (huddles, for instance) and, along the way, some content-centered training.

The important thing to note, I believe, is how vital the coaching element is to make this succeed. In forthcoming posts I'll discuss some creative coaching ideas and seek to make coaching more simple and yet more effective than you ever thought it could be.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Small Group Leadership TIPS of the Weeks for April 25 - May 6, 2016


Here are the last two weeks of Small Group Leader TIPS as Tweeted, posted on the Small Group Leadership Facebook page, and posted on LinkedIn.

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Monday, 4/25: Be sure you are not in God's way of working in your group's or individual's lives. Let God work.

Tuesday, 4/26: In your meeting agenda, leave LOTS of room for the Holy Spirit to work.

Wednesday, 4/27: Keep the main things the main things: 
1 Your relationship w  
2 Others 
3 Your  


Thursday, 4/28: Love group members more than you love your group expectations.

Friday, 4/29: Learn to listen even when group is silent. Listen w/ your eyes.


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Monday, 5/2: Move beyond the stories of what Jesus DID; discuss-better yet, experience-what he is DOING.

Tuesday, 5/3: Healthy things grow, bear fruit, and reproduce. Use these to analyze if your group is healthy.

Wednesday, 5/4: Great, life-changing groups don't play it safe. Move from comfy and cautious to courageous and costly!

Thursday, 5/5: The best community begins with a leader who spends time in solitude with God.

Friday, 5/6: Pray as though Christ is in the room with you...because he is!


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jesus' Leadership Order

Jesus started his church by calling a few normal, workaday guys to follow him, and then he made a remarkable statement. He told these unschooled, unspectacular, blue-collar guys that he’d turn them into leaders who would make an eternal difference in people’s lives (see Matt. 4:18-20) and ultimately the world.

Jesus reiterated the point sometime later when he called together a bunch of the folks he had asked to follow him and asked 12 of them to take their following to the next level. He called these disciples to be a part of a select small group of “apostles,” men who would be enlivened, equipped, empowered, and entrusted to lead his church (Mark 6:13).

That’s what Jesus does, still, today. He takes regular, ordinary men and women and calls them; first as followers and then as sent leaders. It’s always in that order.

Someone who cannot be a humble follower should never become a leader. 

By following the Master Leader, you learn how to lead and how not to lead. As you spend time with him, you see his heart for people and you catch hold of that great compassion. As you abide with him, he pours his love and power and grace into you so that you can then overflow that same love, power, and grace into those around you.

In other words, following Jesus forges you into a leader. 

The anvil of real Christian leadership is a follower of Jesus who becomes more and more like Him.

Before you lead your small group this week, be sure to be a follower first. Spend time with Jesus and allow him to saturate your mind and heart with his love and wisdom. This may sound odd, but don’t pray—at least not in the way you usually think of prayer, as uttering so many words. Just sit with Jesus and enjoy his presence. Ask him to lead you. Then let him.

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