Challenging Your Volunteers… Without Scaring Them Away

I’ve written before about this idea of making bigger asks from your volunteers – especially your small group leaders. I love this topic. But if you’re going to talk challenging your volunteers with higher expectations, you really should talk about the other side of that coin, too.

How do you ask your volunteers for big commitment… without scaring them away?

Well I definitely don’t have all the answers. But I took a stab at answering that question this week on the GoWeekly blog.


The Lead Small Culture Book Club

Last week, I told you about a little online community that is rallying around this big question: How can our churches do small groups better in 2015?

And now, that little community is becoming a reality. Starting today, the Creating a Lead Small Culture Book Club is LIVE!

For the next five weeks, we’re going to be reading, learning, and talking about how to do small groups better. And I get to host it! It’s going to be pretty fun.

I’m so excited that so many of you have decided to be a part of this conversation with us (almost 1,000 people so far!) If you haven’t already signed up for the Book Club, there’s still time to get in on the fun. Just take a second and register. By registering, you’ll get access to some exclusive Book Club bonuses, like…


How to Do Small Groups Better in 2015

The first week of the New Year is here! If you’re like most people, you’re probably starting to think about all the things you want to do better in 2015.

A better workout routine.
Better friendships.
Better hair.
Getting better at solving a Rubik’s cube. (No? Just me?)

Well, whatever our “better” lists look like in 2015, there’s one thing I’d love to see on all of our lists. It’s an area where we all have room for improvement. And it’s something that will directly impact the future of countless kids and teenagers.


An Interview with Radical Parents

Have you heard about Radical Parents? They’re doing some really cool things to help resource parents and youth workers. And a couple of weeks ago, I got to be a part of their podcast!

Back in April at The Orange Conference, I got the chance to sit down with Joel and Geoffrey from Radical Parents for a little interview. They had some questions about middle school ministry, small groups, the power of fun, and our book Creating a Lead Small Culture. Aaaaaand… that interview finally went live on a recent episode of their podcast!

You can listen to the full episode right here.

And, in case you don’t have time to give the whole thing a listen right now, I made a little transcript of the interview for you.


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