10 Myths About Introverts

July 31st, 2013 by Dan Mancini

In a post earlier this year, Mike Davis busted the myth that only extroverts make good leaders. He even provided you with some tools to help you assess whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert.

In the same vein, I want to point you to a great post on another blog. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways to Deal with Error In Group Discussions

July 29th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Let’s say you’re leading a new group. You’re just a couple months in and still getting to know your group members. During a group discussion about faith, one of them opens up: “For me, faith is about following what you believe. I don’t think it really matters whether or not you have faith in God, Buddha, or Muhammad. I mean, I’ve met some really sincere people, some really good people, who were of the Bahá’í faith, and it worked for them. They were great people.”

All eyes are on you. On the one hand, you don’t want to leave error unaddressed. On the other hand, you don’t want to shut down conversation. More important, you don’t want to shut down relationships. So, what do you do? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Having an Apprentice Matters

July 22nd, 2013 by Kelli Spivey

[We recently had a series of posts about apprenticing, but I thought it might be interesting to hear from a Community Group leader on the subject. Kelli Spivey leads a women’s group out of Buckhead Church. Here’s what she has to say about the importance of developing future leaders.]

There are a million good things we do with our time. We lead our weekly group meetings, meet with group members outside of group, and are involved in the personal communities where we find support and encouragement. All of these things are essential, but we also need to make time for apprenticing. It’s worth the investment.


Studying the Bible vs. Reading It

July 17th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Do you study the Bible or do you read it? In this short video, Eugene Peterson (A Long Obedience In the Same Direction) breaks down the difference between studying and reading.

Do you agree with Peterson’s observations about the difference between understanding what the Bible says and experiencing what it says by becoming immersed in the stories of other people’s interactions with God? Why or why not?

Splitting Men and Women In Group

July 15th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

If you lead a Married Community Group, the men and women in your group may have different experience. Men can find it challenging to be real and authentic in a group environment.

So, what do you do to help cultivate relationships in the group? Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Your Group a Check-Up

July 10th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

I’ve written before about how your responsibilities as a leader are to think about the spiritual growth of every member of the group and make sure the group environment supports that growth. One of the best ways you can help yourself carry out those responsibilities is to perform regular group check-ups. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is an Apprentice?

July 8th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Last week, I wrote about why it’s important for leaders to apprentice others and the qualities to look for in an apprentice, but let’s back up a bit and answer a more fundamental question.

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4 Things to Look for In an Apprentice

July 5th, 2013 by Dan Mancini

In Wednesday’s post, I wrote about why identifying an apprentice matters. But how do you know which of your group members might make a good apprentice? It’s important to remember that you’re not looking for someone who can lead a group tomorrow. You’re looking for a teachable group member who has the potential to be a great group leader in the future. Here are four qualities that will help you identify that kind of person.

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3 Reasons for Developing an Apprentice

July 3rd, 2013 by Dan Mancini

Replace Yourself is one of our 8 Leader Essentials. But you may find yourself wondering, “Why am I supposed to identify and develop an apprentice? Why is it such a big deal?” Here are three reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Now Available: Community

July 1st, 2013 by Dan Mancini

If you’ve been patiently awaiting the release of our newly revamped starter study, Community: Starting Well In Your Small Group, I have good news: It’s finally here.

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