What Questions Are You Asking?

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I remember a conference I went to in early 1992.  Really, looking back I can definitely say it was that conference that changed my direction in ministry.

Arriving at the conference I would have definitely described myself as a senior pastor.  Not long after leaving I knew I was a small groups guy.  And not so much a developer of leaders as a strategist and all about connecting as many as possible in groups where they could “grow in Christ, love one another and further the work of the Kingdom.”

At the conference, really as it began, the speaker asked a simple question.  “What questions are you asking?”  He went on to say that when he went to Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri community in Switzerland he learned that participants at the event had to be asking a question.

I thought that was good idea.  And I thought about my question. Since then I’ve asked questions like, “Is it possible to launch new small groups without already having leaders?”  “Is it possible to connect 100% of your weekend attendance?”  “Is it possible to launch groups that are all about reaching friends and neighbors?”  “What’s the best way to reach the 60% of people who will never come to a church?”

What questions are you asking?  I’d love to know.  You can use the comment section to tell me!

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  1. Jason on December 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

    “Is is possible for older small group leaders to fully let go of the Sunday School model and embrace all that small groups are capable of?”

  2. Mark Howell on December 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Great question Jason! I’m beginning to develop an ebook on building a small group ministry in a church with a Sunday School culture. This will be part of that story for sure.


  3. Warren on December 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    It seems that many groups start with good intentions and end up gravitating toward fellowship and food with little else on the plate. What elements can be incorporated into group meeting times that will make the time fun and dynamic, yet still encourage spiritual growth and discipleship?

  4. Mark Howell on December 21, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Great question! That will definitely be in the queue for upcoming articles! Thanks for jumping in Warren!


  5. Joanne Almsteadt on December 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

    What resources will help link the small group leader to the best possible coach to achieve the greatest sense of community and support?

  6. Mark Howell on December 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Joanne! Another really good question! Watch for an answer in an upcoming post!