Goals. Some of us love and live by them; others of us hate even the mention of the word. But history and study after study have shown that those who set goals are wildly more successful than those who do not. A study was done in 1953 on Yale graduates proves this point: these individuals were the cream of the crop, graduating from one of the top universities in the nation. But there was an amazing stat: 3% of these Yale graduates earned far more money then all other 97% put together.
What was the difference?
If you are a microchurch leader, you have had this happen; you are having a great night and then all the sudden one person completely sidetracks the entire evening by putting the focus exclusively on them. It doesn’t matter what you were talking about, praying about, or doing… they craved the spotlight and tried shut everything else down so the focus would be on them. So what do you do when you have a member of your microchurch that is completely (and sometimes regularly) throwing your microchurch off track? Read more
Paul was a genius church planter and disciple maker. Why? Because he always had vision for the people around him. He wasn’t just filling ministry positions in the churches he planted; he was helping people walk in their God given purpose and helping people to “live lives worthy of the calling they received” as he penned in Ephesians 4:2. Great microchurch leaders have that same type of vision, and this month we are going to talk through how to create this type of visionary culture in your microchurch, starting with your apprentice! Read more
All of us have a desire to see the Gospel of grace transform the lives of everyone who attends our microchurch. In fact, at the end of the day, it’s Christ’s love that compels us to do what we do and we gladly and intentionally invest time in preparation and prayer for the men and women who come to our microchurch. For those of you who may be co-leading, are you desiring the same for your co-leader or has investing time together become more of a “business relationship” in preparation for microchurch? We are going to take a look at some tips and some things to consider when it comes to co-leading in order to maximize the benefits of this co-leadership relationship. And for those who are not currently co-leading, please don’t tune out because the Kingdom of God is not for the soloist. Hopefully in some way you are sharing the platform, as we always want to be empowering and raising apprentices to not only lead with us, but surpass us! Read more
As leaders we constantly want to be living above reproach so that what we say and do line up (even when no one is looking). So what does that look like? Where do you draw the line when it comes to compromising or upholding your integrity, convictions, and the glory of God?
This month, we are tackling the issue of integrity and why this is one of the most critical things for a leader to not only grasp conceptually, but live out daily both as a leader and especially when you are an “off duty” disciple maker. Read more
True Christian ministry will always center on grace flooding the heart so that lives are changed and problems are actively solved. One of the best ways to help people is NOT solving their problems for them, but pointing them in the right direction of God’s grace and truth. The individual we are trying to help may or may not have caused the problem, but if they relate to it the wrong way, they will most certainly make it worse. Life has a way of bringing out what’s really in us, and that is where the grace of God comes in.
In part two of this series, we want to look at solution-based counseling. Read more
The key to a great discussion does not always have to do with the actual discussion. It is usually on point because of the environment that the leader creates that makes it memorable and good. Here are a few tips on how to set the tone and make what can be a very bland and mundane Bible conversation into a vibrant discussion: Read more
Ever wonder how to facilitate a great discussion at your microchurch? There are definitely strategies for keeping the teaching and discussion engaging, effective, and fruitful. Here are a few tips to help you and your microchurch maximize the discussion time that you have each week! Read more
Honor. It is not just to respect those in authority, or to recognize those who have made a significant accomplishment. This should be a given. But as a follower of Jesus it is much more. Honor starts with humility and becomes a lifestyle. Read more