All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Completely Different Life

all in dvdHad an opportunity this week to preview All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Completely Different Life, a new DVD-driven study by Mark Batterson.  Batterson, the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. is no stranger to developing creative resources to help small groups take bold steps together.  The Circle Maker and The God Anthology, two earlier projects, were both well received.

Anchored by a four session DVD, Batterson lets us know in the opening moments that All In isn’t designed to comfort the comfortable.  If you’re looking for a study that will challenge your members to new levels of commitment, this study fits the bill.  I was captivated by a few of the opening lines that reflect the spirit of the study:

“When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. The will of God is not an insurance plan; it’s a daring plan. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of your life is to arrive safely at death.”

Developed with Bible study veterans Kevin and Sherry Harney, each of the four sessions in the study guide include a video viewing guide (for taking notes during the video), a great set of discussion questions packed with scripture and designed to lead to application, as well as a very helpful guided prayer exercise.  The study guide also includes Between Sessions material for personal reflections, personal actions and journal reflections and notes.

All In has the potential to be a powerful church-wide campaign.  An available All In Campaign Kit includes a copy of the tradebook by the same title and a very simple campaign starter guide.  Additional free resources (sermon transcripts along with templates for posters, invite cards and bulletin inserts) are available online at Zondervan’s Small Group Source site.

Whether you’re looking for a DVD-driven study that will challenge your small groups to truly follow Christ or you’re on the hunt for a church-wide campaign that will move your church in a new direction…All In ought to be on your short-list.

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Do You Have the Right Prescription?

Backstory

I’ve had a cold for 15 days.  Started with a kind of basic achiness.  Became a head cold.  Then moved into my chest.  Then returned to my head.  On and on.

Finally went to a walk-in clinic Tuesday morning.  They took my temperature, checked my blood pressure, blah, blah, blah.

Then the doctor came in.  “What’s going on?”  I told him, “sinuses close up as soon as I lay down to sleep.  Toss and turn all night the last two nights.”

Then he asked about the medicine I was taking.  I said, “Mucinex DM.”

He said, “You should be taking Mucinex D or Sudafed PE.  Mucinex DM attacks the wrong thing.  Works great for check congestion.  Not made to dry up your sinuses.”

Then he said, “That will be $40.  Hope you feel better.”

The Point

How’s your small group ministry feeling?  Achy?  Not enough leaders?  Too many people saying “no” to groups?  Little or no evidence of life-change?

Can I tell you something?  You might be taking the wrong prescription.  There are a couple solutions.  You may be able to self-diagnose.  It’s also possible you need a pair of fresh eyes to talk over the symptoms.  Either way…I’d love to help you.

My series Diagnosing Your Small Group Ministry is a kind of self-diagnosis tool.  And I do consultations by phone all the time.  Here’s how to set up a phone call: Schedule a Coaching Call.

The Best Thing I Learned at re:group Day #2

Today was another great day at re:group.  Great breakouts and a really great closing talk by Andy Stanley.  Truth be told, probably the real highlight for me was seeing so many of our tribe; grouplife peeps from just about everywhere (even saw my twitter friend @AlviRadjagukguk from Jakarta!).

The primary activity of the early church was one-anothering one another
The best thing I learned today?  So much to choose from…but I’d have to say it was a line from Andy that I hadn’t heard him use before.  I’ll get to the line in a moment, but first a little set up.

Andy was talking about the scene in the gospels when Jesus and His disciples were near Caesarea Philippi and Jesus asked them, “Who do people say I am?”  You know the scene?  Simon Peter says, “You are the Messiah,” and Jesus says:

“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

As he does in Deep and Wide, Andy spent a few minutes right here pointing out the fact that the word Jesus used that is translated church in our Bible didn’t mean a building or structure.  The word in the gospels is Ekklesia and it meant a gathering.  It was never used to indicate a building.

So what was the line that Andy used that was the best thing I learned today?  Almost there.  Just a few more sentences of explanation.

Pointing out that the word translated as church actually meant gathering, he went on to say that the “primary activity of the early church was one-anothering one another.”  Not taking communion.  There’s almost no instruction for how to take communion.  Not attending worship services.  There’s virtually no instruction for worship.  Not sitting in rows, listening to sermons.  See also, Andy Stanley on Creating a Culture That’s All About Circles.

You know what most of the rest of the New Testament is about?  One-anothering one another.  Interesting, don’t you think?  “The primary activity of the early church was one-anothering one another.”

I like that line.

The Best Thing I Learned at re:group Day #1

It was close and there were a couple other ideas that were almost as good…but the best thing I learned at re:group day #1 was about developing an organizational battle plan from Jeff Henderson.

'How' will never get in the way of people committed to 'What if?'
Henderson is currently the campus pastor at Gwinnett Church, one of North Point Ministries five churches in the metro Atlanta area.  Prior to joining the staff, Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A.

He began his talk by setting the stage with a reference to Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Weaving in stories about a key moment in his marketing career and another about a moment that happened while leading Buckhead Church through a capital campaign (to build the building we were seated in), Henderson laid out how to develop a personal battle plan (personal advisory board, an unapologetic approach to taking care of yourself, and weekly check-ups).

Developing an Organizational Battle Plan

  1. Start with “what is.”  He said, “You don’t have to stay there, but you do have to start there.”  He also referenced Zechariah 4:10, “Who dares despise the day of small things.”
  2. Ask “What if?”  For example, “What if we could have a small group in every kitchen or living room in our community?  What if we could create accountability, belonging and care in little communities…”  He called for us to suspend how and ask “what if?”  My favorite line of the talk was, “‘How’ will never get in the way of people committed to ‘What if?’”
  3. Ask “Why not?”  He said, “This is how you push back in a Jesus loving way.”  Referring back to Ephesians 2:10 he said, “What if God prepared these ideas for you in advance?”  What if it’s your calling?

For a lover of great questions, this was a great start to the 1st day.  So much more to tell you.  Wish you had been here!  See also, Supercharge Your Ministry with These 5 Questions and Ministry in a Fog? Here are 6 Critical Questions That Create Clarity.

P.S. You can follow along on twitter with #regroup13

Top 5 January/February Church-Wide Campaigns for 2014

I’ve written previously about the three best times to launch a church-wide campaign.  As you probably know, January has a very different vibe than September.  There are a couple main themes that make late January/early February a great opportunity to leverage a church-wide campaign to provide a toe-in-the-water for unconnected people.  See also, When Is the Best Time to Launch a Church-Wide Campaign and Your Campaign Topic Determines Two Huge Outcomes.

The two main themes seem to be:

  • Turn over a new leaf.  You can see how this theme fits at this time of year.  Christmas Eve services draw people who know that next year has to be better.  They’re maxed out on their 3rd credit card.  They’ve been hustling to get everything done, including hauling their kids to every party.  They’ve eaten poorly for the whole month of December and haven’t been to the gym in 45 days.  If there was ever a time to turn over a new leaf…it’s now.
  • Build a solid foundation.  Slightly different than turn over a new leaf, build a solid foundation is about establishing the kind of foundation that can help you become the kind of person God designed you to be.  This is a reference to sand vs rock.

Here are my top 5* picks for January/February Church-Wide Campaigns (*I included a 6th campaign, just too good to pass up!)

let hope in

Let Hope In is an easy fit for the turn over a new leaf theme.  Based on Pete Wilson’s newest book, this study is extremely cross-cultural, the book is extremely readable, the study very accessible (even for a brand new host).  The topic is just about spot-on.

Wilson, founding and senior pastor of Nashville’s Cross Point Church, is no stranger crafting topics that appeal cross-culturally (to both believers and seekers).  His previous studies, Plan B and Empty Promises were two great examples of studies that caught the attention of people who needed to turn over a new leaf.

Available beginning in late 2013 as part of LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life series, Let Hope In provides everything you need to launch a true church-wide campaign.  Study materials for kids, teens and adults, as well as sermon outlines, marketing ideas, etc.  In addition, I was excited about Pete’s recent post and offer to provide additional resources.  You can read about that right here.

If you’re looking for a turn over a new leaf study, Let Hope In could be just the ticket.

what on earth am i here forAnother very good turn over a new leaf candidate is Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose (retitled, What On Earth Am I Here For?).  Cross-cultural on steroids, everyone, no matter their culture wonders if there’s more to life; if they have a purpose.  When 40 Days launched for the first time in 2004, it unleashed a tidal wave that swept through 30,000+ churches over several years.

Now in its 3rd major version, the study guide and DVD have been given a complete overhaul.  It was featured on Oprah’s Life Class in the summer of 2013.  Millions of people know who Rick Warren is.  Even if your church has done this study in the last 10 years, it might be the perfect time to revisit this classic study.

Available materials for kids, teens and adults, there are sermon outlines, marketing ideas, and much more.

If you’re looking for a turn over a new leaf topic, finding my purpose in life is very near the top of the list!  If you’re looking for an easy invite for neighbors and friends, how about, “We’re studying the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren for the next 6 weeks.  Want to join us?”  You can read my full review right here.

weirdNow almost 3 years old, Craig Groeschel’s WEiRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working is another great fit for the turn over a new leaf theme.  Inspired by Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7:13-14 and the central idea that the “broad road leads to destruction” (normal) and the “narrow road” leads to life (weird), the study takes a look at a set of topics that will make sense to Christians and non-Christians alike (making WEIRD a very compelling option for a church-wide campaign).

One of the Church’s most dynamic and creative communicators, Craig Groeschel’s practice of looking right at the camera while preaching (making it easy for participants in one of 15 campuses and a  growing number of LifeChurch.TV Network churches around the world who use the teaching video).  The DVD is very compelling.

You can find some of LifeChurch.TV’s collateral resources on their Open site (which, if you have not yet discovered it, it is a goldmine!).

You can read my full review right here.

40 days in the wordIf your church needs to build a solid foundation, there might not be a better choice right now than Saddleback’s 40 Days in the Word.  Released in 2012, it’s truly a church-wide study.  With special curriculum for children  and messages for junior high and senior high students, 40 Days in the Word is designed to be done system wide.  Adults, teens and children, whole families, can be part of a single conversation; a powerful combination.

Like Saddleback’s previous campaigns, 40 Days in the Word is designed to leverage the power of alignment. With daily video devotionals, DVD-driven small group curriculum, weekend service sermon outlines and other resources, this is an immersive experience.

There’s a lot to love about this church-wide campaign.  Easy to use, plug and play material.  Components that will help you engage your whole congregation.  Resources that make it easy to deliver a powerful weekend service experience.  A step-by-step guide that will take you from start to finish.  This is good stuff!  40 Days in the Word will help your members love the word, learn the word, and live the word.  You can read my full review right here.

follow meAre you truly a follower of Jesus?  That is the central question of Follow Me, and takes the idea of a church-wide campaign way beyond building a solid foundation.  Although this topic won’t be the best campaign topic for every church, it may be perfect for yours.

Anchored by a six session DVD, each of the sessions are classic David Platt.  Great teaching.  Very passionate.  Packed with biblical content.  And…each of the sessions is about 30 minutes in length (which would be a little long for the average attention span, but for Platt’s very compelling intensity).

An available Follow Me Church Kit, as well as Student and Preteen study materials make it possible to do Follow Me as a church-wide campaign. In addition to copies of the Student and Preteen Member books, the Follow Me Church Kit includes an administration guide, sermon outlines, and digital art files for a promotional poster, bulletin inserts, presentation slides, and more.

You can read my full review right here.

The StoryBonus:  There are church-wide campaigns and then there are church-wide campaigns.  That is, some campaigns are bare bones and only include a small group study for adults and outlines of the weekend message series.  Others (like 40 Days of Purpose) are very robust, providing the full range of curriculum (from Preschool Children all the way to the adult small group study) along with a book or devotional (like The Purpose Driven Life) and weekend service resources, as well as detailed implementation guidance.

The Story, a new church-wide campaign from Zondervan has a lot going for it.  There are a number of great aspects that deserve mention.  There are also a couple things that should be pointed out and taken into consideration.

First, this is a 31 week experience.  That is not a typo!  31 weeks.  And as you know, anything longer than about 6 weeks is seen as a major commitment by unconnected people.  That’s the downside.  The upside is that The Story is just about a perfect way to expose an entire congregation to the amazing, interconnected and immersive experience that is the Bible.

Second, The Story is available in formats for kids, teens, and adults.  Truly church-wide.  And that’s a very good thing.  You can read my full review right here.

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Great New Resource! STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships

STIRI got to take a look at a new book by Mindy Caliguire that I think you are going to really like.  Even better, I think you’re going to figure out how to take full advantage of some very good content right away.

STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships takes what I’d call a very fresh approach to spiritual formation and comes at this topic in a way that should catch the attention of small group ministry champions.  I cracked open the book because I’ve found Mindy’s earlier contributions very helpful.  I caught myself about 25 pages in thinking, “Wait…what? and started over from the introduction!  Too good.  Packed with very helpful ideas!

Drawing from the findings of Willow Creek’s Reveal study, STIR employs a framework based on the three “believer” stages in the research; the “primary shifts that mark the transition from one stage to another.”  Taking a cue from Reveal, STIR refers to these three stages as learning together, journeying together, and following together.  One of the fresh ideas in STIR is the reminder that these shifts happen best in relationship.

In addition to keying in on the three stages, STIR also draws out the significance “two essential relational elements that are necessary for each stage of development”: direction and discernment.  To be honest, this is point that stopped me in my tracks and forced me to go back to the beginning.

  • Direction refers to “the level of structure in a relationship–how much instruction and guidance are needed to support growth.”
  • Discernment refers to “a more complex level of interaction where a person helps another by offering observations and wisdom in such a way that an individual is enabled to wisely make decisions without explicit direction or counsel.”

The essence of the concept of the two relational elements is that “there relative importance shifts as people mature, with the need for discernment increasing as the need for direction decreases.”  This is a very helpful way of understanding why the Reveal research found small group involvement essential in the early stages of spiritual growth and less important in the latter stages.

Each of the stages is given a very thorough treatment, packed with discoveries that will immediately have you thinking about the implications for the work you are doing.  There were several spots when I stopped reading and took my copy next door to show some aspect to another member of my team.

If you’re serious about building a ministry that actually develops environments and relationship where life-change happens, you’re going to want to add this book to your thinking.  STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships could be the ingredient that brings the breakthrough understanding you need in your ministry.  (By the way, at least on the day I posted this review, STIR was available for $3.99 on Kindle!)

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FAQ: How Can I Get My Leaders to Attend Training?

I get a lot of questions.  Sometimes they’re very particular to a unique situation.  Most of the time the questions are on a topic that I know will help everyone.  Here’s the one I got yesterday:

How can I get my leaders to attend training?

Ever wondered that?  I think this is one of my most frequent frequently asked questions.

I’ve written several posts on the topic of leader training over the last 5 years.  You’ve probably read one or two.  Here’s what I’m thinking today.  I think there are several things to keep in mind.

5 Key Realities to Keep in Mind:

First, we live in a very fast-paced, over-committed time.  This is true for almost all of us.  I realize there are exceptions globally, but for most of us, we barely have time to lead a group, let alone attend meetings.

Second, we live in a time when almost everything is available on-demand.  Who watches a 60 minute television program in 60 minutes?  Don’t most of us DVR it and watch it in 42 minutes?

Third, we live in a time when attention spans are at an all time low.  Smart phones and tablets are changing the game in terms of capturing attention even when a meeting is planned and held.

Fourth, we live in a time when the quality of worship services and events are being compared with the church online or on TV  (no longer with the church on the other corner).

Fifth, an increasing number of churches attract attendees from across a county or region (and a decreasing number of churches attract from a small area).  Again, I know there are exceptions, but the rule for most of us is that drive times are long, even in more rural areas.

Conclusion

With me?  Can you see how these five realities contribute to the leader training conversation?  And let me quick to remind you, idealism and wishful thinking won’t change them.  They are what they are regardless of what we think will be good for small group leaders.

Here’s what we’re currently doing in the effort to develop our small group leaders:

  1. We have two centralized training events a year.  The fall event is a Saturday morning from 8:30 to noon and includes a plenary vision casting segment featuring our senior pastor and two 75 minute breakouts.  We invite small group leaders and team leaders from all areas of ministry and the breakout topics are designed to help develop leaders regardless of their ministry.  See also, Steve Gladen on Saddleback’s Leadership Pathway and Envision, Encourage, and Equip Your Leaders with This 25 Year Old Idea.
  2. We’re asking our community leaders (our current word for a coach) to gather their leaders in a huddle at least every 8 weeks.  It’s one of the main items on their job description.  It’s also one of the commitments that we ask our small group leaders to make.  These huddles are usually in homes or restaurants and attempt to be geographically convenient for the leaders.  See also, 8 Commitments for Small Group Leaders and Coaching FAQ: What Is the Role of a Coach?
  3. We are increasingly aware of the need for training content that can be viewed on-demand.  Whether we produce the content in-house (we capture at least an audio recording of our breakouts and a video of our senior pastor’s plenary) or acquire the content from RightNow Media or Ministry Grid, we know we must be able to deliver training online and on-demand.  See also, Seen the Latest from RightNow Media and Ministry Grid Online.

Three Realities in the Hunt for Potential Small Group Leaders

How do you spot a potential small group leader?  Facial recognition software?  Identifying marks?  Some kind of spiritual profiling?

How do you know what to look for…when you’re looking for a potential small group leader?

Here are three realities in the hunt for potential small group leaders:

First, I almost never find that “desire to be a small group leader” is a very good indicator.  It can be, but too often the desire to be a leader is motivated by the wrong things.  This is the factor that has made the small group connection such a valuable leader identification tool.  Better than anyone else, potential members of groups decide very quickly who they would be willing to follow.   See also The Upside of Reluctant Leaders.

Second, current group members is a good fishing pool for new leaders, but not the best fishing pool.  While I do find potential small group leaders who are already members in a small group, that isn’t an effective prerequisite in most churches.  In most of the churches I consult with, the largest number of people with the greatest potential to lead well are not yet in a group.  See also, Small Group Leaders: Qualifications, Hoops and Lowering the Bar.

Third, potential small group leaders rarely have it all together already.  They are almost always works-in-progress.  Connected with the right coach or mentor they eventually acquire the habits they will need; they will experience the things that will allow them to care for their members in the way that will help their members grow in Christ.  But most potential small group leaders don’t come in the door that way!  See also, Life-Change at the Member Level and 8 Habits of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader.

If these realities are true, then what can we do?

Well, before we say anything else, lets agree that these realities are true!  Yes, there are exceptions to all three.  But…these are realities.  When you’re looking for potential small group leaders, you must keep these realities in mind.

What to do?  These three realities have led me to what has become my prescription.  You can develop the strategy you need with my 5 Keys to Finding More Leaders.

What do you think?  Have a question? Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

From Here to There: The Preferred Future for Small Group Leaders

cone_slide8Yesterday’s post about the 8 Habits of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader prompted some good discussion about how you might help a leader move in the right direction.  Makes sense.  Especially when you consider how hard we’re working to create easy first steps into leadership that lead automatically to next steps.  See also, 6 Keys to Accelerating Small Group Ministry Growth and Impact and Teacher, Leader, Shepherd, Host: What’s in a Name?

In a sense, the 8 habits begin to define the preferred future for small group leaders.  As much as you have developed commitments that you want your leaders to keep, when you describe the preferred future, you’re really going to be describing the kind of men and women you want them to be.  See also, 8 Commitments for Small Group Leaders.

The question is, once you define the preferred future for small group leaders, how would you take the raw product of a host (who really only signed up to open their home for 6 weeks) become the kind of leader who lives their life the way I described in the 8 Habits?  It would take some thinking and some energy, and more than a little persistence…but it might not be as impossible as it sounds!

What if you took the essence of Saddleback’s Leadership Pathway and built the habits into the elements of the path?  Could you see a way to begin to sequence the development of habit?  How would you do it?  See also, Steve Gladen on Saddleback’s Leadership Pathway.

I think you’d have to start by helping your leaders develop the habit of making a daily time with God a priority.  Right?  Can you imagine a way to do that?  What would you work on next?  I think I might try to create a system-wide awareness that none of us have arrived.  In fact, I might develop a personal study that would help every leader with both habits.  Can you see it?  And what if at the end of 12 months I measured for those two habits?

See where this is going?  It’s not microwavable.  It will take thinking, energy, and persistence.  It will take tears and sweat and might even take blood (couldn’t help that one).  This is the very agony Paul endured and at the heart of why he wrote, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…(Galatians 4:19).”

If we want leaders who have these 8 habits…we will have to help them develop them.

What do you think?  Have a question? Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

8 Habits of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader

 

14243278421_bb4653837e_bI’ve written recently about the 8 Commitments for Small Group Leaders as well as how to design your group meeting for life-change; two helpful angles from which to think about building a thriving small group ministry.  But what about the habits that help create the kind of man or woman who operates as an agent of life-change?

Here are the 8 habits of a life-changing small group leader.  Life-changing small group leaders:

  1. Make time with God a daily priority.  “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 NIV
  2. Follow the best example and offer a good example.  “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV
  3. Have clear priorities.  “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
  4. Put the interests of others ahead of their own.  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
  5. Know they haven’t arrived.  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 NIV
  6. Clear up relationships.  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
  7. Give and receive scriptural correction.  “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13 NIV
  8. Follow spiritual leadership (within scriptural limits) and make it a joy for their leaders.  “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17 NIV

Are these habits prerequisite to beginning?  Not in the least.  Instead, they become the preferred future of a life-changing small group leader.  Can you imagine a better destination?  How do you help small group leaders move in the right direction?  Help them build the habits that will take them there.  See also, From Here to There: The Preferred Future for Small Group Leaders.

Although many people have influenced my thinking, I have to acknowledge Harold Bullock and Hope Church in Fort Worth, Texas and their heart attitudes.

Image by Tez Goodyer

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