Begin at the End

February 27th, 2014 by Kelli Spivey

[All groups come to an end. Like it or not, that’s just the way it is. We think ending your group well is so important, you should start planning for it at the outset. Kelli Spivey leads a women’s group out of Buckhead Church. Here’s what she has to say about the importance of beginning with the end in mind.]

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the needs of the people God has placed in your small group. You start feeling bogged down in details. It can make you lose focus. Beginning your small group with the end in mind can streamline your impact and help you clarify your goals for the group as you lead.

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I’m not against social media. I have several friends I don’t get to see on a regular basis. I enjoy looking through the pictures they post on Facebook and Twitter. It helps me feel a sense of connection even though we’re separated by more a thousand miles. (I don’t enjoy seeing pictures of people’s food, because why would anyone want to see a picture of someone else’s dinner?)

Despite its benefits, social media can be addictive, and it can breed all kinds of negative emotions and behavior. I’ve seen too many people fall head first into a sea of insecurities due to the influence of social media. If this is you, it may be time to take a break. Read the rest of this entry »

The Untold Story of David and Goliath

February 18th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

In this TED video, author Malcolm Gladwell puts a new and fascinating spin on a story we’re all familiar with . . . or at least think we’re all familiar with.

I got to see Gladwell give a longer version of this talk at last year’s Catalyst Conference. It may have been the highlight of the conference for me.

To dig deeper, check out Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

4 Strategies for Improving Group Attendance

February 13th, 2014 by Sue Bates

One of your top challenges may be encouraging convincing begging group members to show up each week. There is no shortage of reasons for people to not show up. It begins with a single text: “I can’t make it.” And then the dominoes begin to fall: “I can’t make it either,” “I’ve got a ton to do.” Suddenly, it’s you and one other person staring awkwardly at each other. The frustration of last minute cancellations creates a weight on your leadership. You begin to ask yourself what you’re doing wrong, and how you can prevent cancellations.

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10 Minutes to Leading Well in the New Year

February 11th, 2014 by Dan Mancini

Got ten minutes for some leadership tips? Check out this excellent podcast by Jeremy Beeler and Allison Holley, Groups Directors at Buckhead Church.

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I Should Have Seen It Coming

February 4th, 2014 by Reggie Sumpter

This past week in his series Ask It, Andy Stanley gave advice that sounds so simple yet can be so difficult: when making decisions, get other people’s opinions. Just ask someone else who’s wiser what they think about your situation. We all have our I-should-have-seen-it-coming stories, and most of those stories could have ended differently had we just asked a wise person what we should do.

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