Leading as an Introvert

February 27th, 2013 by Mike Davis

[Today’s post is by Mike Davis. Mike is the creative director for the Leader Training and Resources team at North Point Ministries. In his role, he helps to create the resources and events that support adult ministry leaders at all of our Atlanta-area campuses.—Ed.]

We live in a world convinced that extroverts make the best leaders. Think about the qualities you associate with leadership—charisma, a take-charge attitude, an abundance of energy, great networking skills, the ability to inspire and cast vision. Most of them are qualities we associate with extroversion. But what if you’re an introvert? Does that mean you can’t be a great leader?

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Staying Ahead of the Leadership Curve

February 25th, 2013 by Bryson Davis

[Today’s post is by Bryson Davis. Bryson is a Groups Director at Gwinnett Church, a role he’s recently transitioned into after serving for over a decade in the same role at North Point Community Church.—Ed.]

It’s tempting to snap into group leadership mode on the night of your group meeting and then disengage the moment everyone heads out the door for home. My wife, Amy, and I do it—we’re busy people in a busy season of life. But checking out as soon as the group meeting is over puts us behind the curve in our leadership. It’s almost impossible to provide what our group members need while playing catch-up the next week.

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Friday Five: Internet Randomness

February 22nd, 2013 by Dan Mancini

This week, we’ve gathered up five articles from around the web that we found interesting for one reason or another. There’s some stuff to think about, some advice to help you lead better, and a little bit of levity to lighten your day. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Using a Life Map to Tell Your Story

February 20th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Telling your story in group can be intimidating . . . especially if you’re the group leader. Your story will set the tone for everyone else’s. So how do you tell it effectively? How do you know which details to include and which to leave out? How do you go about telling a condensed, thirty-minute version of your life that gives each of the important highlights the weight it deserves?

One idea is to create a Life Map.

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Telling Your Story: Go There

February 18th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

If you formed a new group at GroupLink in January, you’re probably getting close to doing Session 4 in Community: Starting Well. Beginning in Session 4 and lasting for at least three weeks, you and your group members will share your stories with one another. As the group’s leader, you’ll start things off. And believe it or not, your story—the way you tell it—has the power to set the trajectory for the rest of your group experience.

No pressure, right?

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Friday 5: Lent Devotionals

February 15th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Lent has begun. One way to observe this time of preparation for Easter is to focus your quiet times with God on Scripture and prayer about God’s promise of salvation through Jesus. Eddie Kirkland’s The Lent Project is a great resource, but here are five other great devotionals.

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It’s Ash Wednesday

February 13th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent—a 46-day period of preparation for Easter.

I grew up going to nondenominational protestant churches. We didn’t observe Lent. But over the past few years, I’ve found a ton of value in paying attention to this period of preparation. It’s a great time to slow down, simplify life, create a little breathing room, and just be present in my relationship with God. Read the rest of this entry »

Unity and Diversity in Group

February 11th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

If you formed a new group at GroupLink, you’re probably two or three weeks into the starter period. The diversity of your group members is beginning to reveal itself. That may be great or it may be stirring some conflict. You may find that some group members are wired like you and it’s easy for you to celebrate their strengths and contributions. Others are a little bit different from you, so your inclination is to just tolerate them. Still others are so different that they cause you irritation.

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Friday Top 5: Around the Blogosphere

February 8th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Today, we’re kicking off a new feature called the Friday Top 5. Each Friday we’ll feature a list of five things—books, podcasts, iPhone apps, anything—that we think are interesting and helpful to you both personally and as a leader.

To launch the Friday Top 5, we’ve scoured the blogosphere and gathered the week’s top five blog posts about leading well. Enjoy.

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re:group 2011 Talks

February 6th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

The Leader Tools page of this site now includes a link to recordings of the re:group 2011 main sessions and breakout talks. This isn’t media from our big conference last year, but from our leader training and appreciation event the year before. It’s great stuff. A lot of it is particularly valuable if you’re currently beginning a new group.

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