Why End Your Group?

July 18th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

August GroupLink is just around the corner. That means you may be coming to the end of your one- to two-year group cycle. It may be time to multiply. Does that freak you out a little? Does it make you wonder why we make a big fuss over ending groups. Why is it important? Why not just stay together, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Running

June 13th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
1 Corinthians 9:24

Have you ever felt stagnant as a group leader? Have you ever felt like you’re not getting anywhere? Have you ever begun to wonder why you’re leading groups at all? Read the rest of this entry »

Using Story Cards When Your Group Isn’t New

March 15th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

How do you get a group of people to start talking and start being real?

We’ve developed Story Cards as a  way to help people share about their lives and spiritual journeys. You’ll be surprised how using photographs as a storytelling tool can draw your group into deeper reflection and more meaningful conversations.

You may already have a pack of Story Cards that you were either given at GroupLink or a leader development event or that you bought from Connections. If so, you probably think of them as a tool to use when your group is brand new. It’s true they’re a great way to get people to begin to connect with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Your Stories in Small Doses

March 1st, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Sharing your stories in the early months of a new Community Group is an essential part of group members bonding. There are lots of different ways to tell your stories in group. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about another one. It’s a unique approach with a lot of benefits.

Instead of  members or couples taking 30-45 minutes to share their complete stories one at a time over a period of a few group sessions, in this method everyone takes about two minutes to share a piece of his or her story each session, across six sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

“To Do” or Not “To Do”

February 3rd, 2016 by Dan Mancini

It’s important to be organized. That’s true for everyone, but especially for leaders. If you’re not organized, you can’t get things done. And if you can’t get things done, you can’t lead well. Pretty simple, right?

Understanding the basic principles of organization, and what tools work best for you based on your personality and wiring can help you increase your productivity and become the best leader you can be. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Group Leaders Quit

January 26th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

We’ve written about leader burnout before on this blog (see here, here, and here). It’s an important topic because everyone’s leadership journey includes periods of exhaustion and that nagging question: “Is all my effort making any difference whatsoever in the lives of my group members?” As leaders, we all hit the wall at some point. I know I have. Read the rest of this entry »

Whether it’s a lull between studies or an odd week before a planned social, we all run into those group nights when we need a simple plug-and-play option. Well, we have a great new one-night resource for Married Groups.

It’s called The Marriage Dashboard. And it’s free! Read the rest of this entry »

Upping Your Leader Game in the New Year

January 4th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Are you looking to grow as a leader in 2016? Do you plan to be more intentional? Do you want to grow in curiosity and humility? Do you want to become more teachable?

There are all sorts of resources you can turn to (including this blog), but a great place to start is 12 Often Overlooked Practices Great Leaders Develop That Poor Leaders Don’t, one of the most popular posts last year from Carey Nieuwhof’s blog. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask Yourself . . .

October 29th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Last week, we had a series of posts about how question-asking is an essential skill for effective leadership (see, here, here, and here). But there’s one aspect of asking questions we didn’t touch on: using it as a self-diagnostic tool. Your leadership benefits when you’re curious about others, but it also benefits when you’re curious about yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Rich 2015

October 25th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

It’s that time of year again. We’re kicking off Be Rich — our annual giving and serving campaign. We’re excited to see what God has in store this year.

If you use the weekly discussion questions to talk about each week’s message in your group (or even if you don’t), I want to give you heads up that there are no questions this week. That’s because instead of talking about the content of Andy’s Be Rich message, we want you to to take an evening to plan how you’ll serve as a group.

That’s why we created the Be Rich Small Group Experience. It makes it easy for you to figure out how you can serve together as a group. We’re asking every single group to use the Be Rich Group Experience between now and the middle of November to create your own service project. We’ve even identified family-friendly projects if you want to get your kids involved in serving.

Be Rich is a great opportunity for groups to grow closer to God and closer to one another through service. Don’t miss that opportunity.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth . . . . Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
1 Timothy 6:17a, 18