From the Editor: Ministry Among Those With Mental Health Issues

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Note: This blog post corresponds to the special focus session for this unit. It was originally published on ronniefloyd.com on September 30.  The evangelical world mourned in April 2013 with the news that Rick and Kay Warren’s son, Matthew, had committed suicide. News that Matthew had dealt with mental illness his entire life caused many […]

Tuesday is For Leaders: How to Celebrate Your Group Members Who Serve

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By Jason McNair This post originally appeared on Sundayschoolleader.com on August 28, 2011.   As a missionary serving in Utah and Idaho, I am in an area where there is a predominant religion different from my own. This religion permeates much of the culture in the area.  One of the things they are recognized for is sending […]

The Absolute Necessity of Prayer Before, During, And After Small Group

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This is part 8 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: Overcoming the Wrong Mindset

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Originally published on September 23, 2014 on ronniefloyd.com Has anything ever happened to you that you thought was bad when it happened, but realized later it had happened for good? Have you ever had an experience like Job where you lost everything only to find God sufficient? Have you ever had an experience like Joseph […]

Why Silence is Golden…Especially 20 Seconds of It

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  By Ken Braddy When you lead a Bible study group, one of the most effective ways to help group members engage in the study is to ask compelling questions.  Jesus asked questions when he taught.  “Who do people say I am?” was followed up with “Who do you say I am?”  (see Matt. 16:13-15). […]

How Care Group Leaders Model Relational Intentionality

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This is part 7 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 […]

Winter 2014-15 Bible Studies For Life: Kids Life Verse Postcards (Free Download!)

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We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to our Life Verse Postcards for Fall, that we decided to make them again for the Winter. I think that these are just great. I mentioned last time that I love to write cards to the kids in my class and I think that having great postcards is […]

From the Editor: Overcoming Bitterness

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Originally posted on September 16, 2014 at Ronniefloyd.com Satan is alive and well, always strategizing to bring you down. One of his greatest ways to attack us is by convincing us that that being bitter is acceptable. Yet here is reality: “As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God; […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About “How It Went”

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There are three things that consistently help me lead my group, and they all happen well before the group ever meets: Preparation, prayer, and coffee (extra hot). I’ll assume the importance of preparation and prayer is obvious, but about that cup of coffee … I meet every week with a couple of other group leaders […]

Small Group Monday: 5 Moves that Will Help Your Small Group Ministry Get Unstuck

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Today on his blog, small group specialist Mark Howell talks about what to do when your small group is stuck: “Our small group ministry is stuck” is one of the most common concerns I hear from small group pastors and senior pastors about small group ministry.  “How can we get unstuck?” is definitely one of the […]