Discipleship Groups Explained

Methods come and go in the church, and perhaps more in small groups ministry than anywhere else. One of the emerging methods in the American church is the introduction of discipleship groups. If you’re wondering what they are, who is doing them, and if they’re working, keep reading. What are discipleship groups? Discipleship groups are typically…

4 More Attributes of Healthy Group Leaders

The health of any group rises or falls based on the health of its leader. That’s why it’s critical for group leaders to to assess their own health as Christ-followers and leaders. We previously covered 4 attributes of healthy group leaders as a way to help self-assess. Here are four more attributes of healthy group…

4 Attributes of Healthy Group Leaders

Group health is directly related to leader health. The health of a groups ministry rises or falls based on the health of the leadership. That includes staff and pastoral leaders, but even more important is the health of the group leaders. However, many group leaders don’t have a good sense of whether or not they’re healthy,…

The Weekender (February 19)

Preaching and living out the gospel, even when it’s costly “If the church speaks the gospel message far and wide, but doesn’t intervene for the needy and the voiceless, and if we don’t teach our people to help them, then we’re not fulfilling the entire great commission, only one part of it.” Loving your children…

The Weekender (January 29)

The Weekender is a weekly feature that brings you 5 things discipleship-related worth checking out, including blog posts, articles from around the web, books, resources, and more. Browse through The Weekender archives for more. How black and white Christians do discipleship differently As one of the white Christians, I’m learning just how much we have to learn…

Teaching Your Children to Love the Lord

If you have children, they are your primary disciples. These disciples will truly follow you wherever you go. For every hour our children attend church on the weekend, parents have them for 100 hours. Read that again. It would be crazy to think that in one hour, once a week the church could teach your child…

The Weekender (January 22)

How can we die to self and live for Christ in the midst of comfort? “How can we put ourselves in places of discomfort while living in our comfortable houses, shopping in our comfortable stores, and eating our comfortable food? How can we be grateful for our many blessings, while also pushing ourselves to grow…

4 Questions to Help You Understand Where God is Calling You

If your heart has been gripped by the gospel and the Great Commission, sooner or later you’ll find yourself asking the question, “Where is God calling me to go?” That can be a tough question to ask, though, because it creates all kinds of follow up questions. Does God want you to go overseas? Does He…

The Weekender (January 15)

The Weekender is a weekly feature where each Sunday we’ll pass along 5 things discipleship-related worth checking out, including blog posts and articles from around the web, books, resources, and more. My discontent with discontentment This one really resonated: “I am not content. I’m not even content with that sentence. I should’ve written: ‘I am discontent.’…

The Martyrdom of Dr. Rowland Taylor

“Good people! I have taught you nothing but God’s holy Word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s blessed book, the holy Bible. I have come here today to seal it with my blood.” —Dr. Rowland Taylor, 1555 Dr. Rowland Taylor was the parish clergyman of the flock in Hadley, Suffolk in the…

A Simple Template for Family Worship with Preschoolers

Family worship should be a basic discipline of a believing family. Tragically, it’s infrequently taught and modeled in American churches today. The reasons are varied, ranging from not knowing how to not having time, or simply not seeing the importance of it. Nik Ripken notes this deficiency in The Insanity of Obedience, saying, “We have…

The Weekender (January 8)

The Weekender is a new weekly feature where each Sunday we’ll pass along 5 things discipleship-related worth checking out, including blog posts and articles from around the web, books, resources, and more. Tim Keller on making sense of God Tim Keller giving a talk to Google employees on the topic of making sense of God? Yes,…