Vibrant Leadership

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This is part 4 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School Missionary Mentality, Part One Missionary Mentality, Part Two [...]

From the Editor: 4 Truthful Realities That Will Help Us Overcome Temptation

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Do you ever find yourself wishing all temptations would just come to an end? Maybe sin would be a little easier to ignore if not for the temptation to give in to it. Sin and temptation go hand-in-hand. Temptation without the accompanying sin has no allure. This week on the blog, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General [...]

Hook, Book, Look, and Took: “If it Ain’t Broke…”

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I’m pretty sure the first time I ever heard “Hook, Book, Look, and Took” as an organizing principle for Bible teaching was in high school. We were all kids in the youth group, and we were preparing to take over leadership responsibilities for Youth Sunday. Our youth minister gathered those of us who were going [...]

Small Group Monday: How to Choose a Small Group System or Strategy

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Is there one “best way” to do small group ministry? Should you let every group choose its own curriculum? Should you base everything off the pastor’s sermons? Should the pastor base everything off the small group plan? These are all good questions. How do you determine what is right for your context? On the blog [...]

Overcome, Session 3: Hope for the Barren Heart

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In the bleak mid-winter of your soul, God plants a garden of faith. by Aaron Householder Fear is natural. Faith is supernatural. When we don’t understand and can’t overcome, we react in fear. It’s a natural response of humanity. Our fear may paralyze us in depression or indecision. Or our fear may motivate us to [...]

Missionary Mentality, Part Two

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This is part 3 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Chapter 1, “Missionary Mentality”, pages 13-14 Single Gender [...]

From the Editor: Betrayal is Not the End

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This week, many small groups will begin a new Bible Studies For Life series, Overcome: Living Beyond Your Circumstances. It is a six-session study on the life of the Old Testament character Joseph. Since the story of Joseph’s betrayal at the hands of his brothers (Genesis 37:12-27) is foundational to everything else that happens in the [...]

Introducing “Overcome” Study to Your Small Group

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  By Jeffrey Holder, Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults We begin a new unit of study next week based on the life of Joseph. If ever there was an overcomer, it was Joseph. Hated by his older brothers enough that most of them wanted to kill him. Sold into slavery. Falsely accused of [...]

Small Group Monday: 5 Things Every Small Group Pastor Could Do Right Now

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It’s October. The new school year is in full swing. And for churches that begin a new season of small groups in the fall, you’re already in it with both feet. Nevertheless, there’s always opportunities to step back, breathe, and evaluate. With that in mind, small group specialist Mark Howell offers  5 Things Every Small [...]

Missionary Mentality, Part One

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This is part 2 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Chapter 1, “Missionary Mentality”, pages 9-14. Have you [...]