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Arnold Kiburi, pastor of small groups at Karura Community Chapel in Nairobi, Kenya, and the leader of a Small Group Network huddle in that city, was my guest recently and we talked about his 11 years of leading small group ministries in several churches.

Among the many topics we entertained was the issue of transparency. Arnold’s pointed question was, “Are you transparent, or are you telling people what they should do while you are not walking on the same road?” His point was this – he had met many small group ministry leaders who looked at small groups as an occupation. Their job was to help the congregation, but they were not in a small group themselves.

Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback Church, is one of the strongest champions of small groups. He regularly shares how his own small group has been a source of comfort, encouragement, support and unconditional love. In the challenges of life, such as the tragic loss of his son a few years ago, Rick said that he found solace and embracing love in the members of his small group who encircled him and his wife through some of the…

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Every month, small group ministry leaders are meeting around the world, finding fellowship and wisdom with other ministry leaders in their community. What they’re actually discovering in Small Group Network huddles is that we are better together.

Here are three quick ideas from worldwide small group huddles that your small group ministry can take advantage of today:

1. Be open to other ideas.

Some churches and some ministry leaders adopt the NIH (Not Invented Here) principle. NIH is when we fail to adopt or adapt ideas from other places because we think we should come up with all the good ideas. There’s another word for this – pride. During one mission trip to a third world country there was a knock on the door late one evening as I was visited by the leader of a local church. He told me that our teaching made sense, but they wouldn’t be able to use any of these ideas because their church was not a follower church, their philosophy was to lead. I hesitated to mention to this well-meaning leader that Jesus taught the importance of being “a follower.” Instead, I simply responded that many churches had grown…

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