Small group vs. church management: How to pick the right software tool

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These are unprecedented times for churches and small groups. At no other time have there been so many digital resources out there to support congregations. And at no time has the need for digital organization and support been higher. Due to COVID, churches have been forced to get creative with fellowship, and to think outside … Read more

5 ways to GROW your small groups while social distancing

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For churches, a few things have become clear a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Thriving congregations have been forced to adapt by increasing their digital presence and outreach. In addition, successful churches have empowered small groups to keep members engaged and supported remotely.  A point of clarification.  When we say ‘small group,’ we include study … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Groups: Iterative Intentions for Leveling-up in 2021

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or, “This year will be our best year because…” 2020 was a toughie. A global pandemic, widespread economic anxiety, an unfinished cultural conversation on how to address race and class tensions in America. A lot of really heavy work. A lot of shades of, “well we smashed all of the toothpaste out of the tube. … Read more

“You want us to do what?”: 4 critical steps to getting the group to adopt new tech

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Keep the focus on what’s in it for them Getting the group to adopt new tech is a project. We get it. The luddites in the group are naturally suspicious of any new technology. Others think that if the old way is working well enough, why bother going to the fuss of putting new systems … Read more

Stuck in group email hell? 3 ways to eliminate inbox overload now

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Conducting group business using email alone, as many of us know, is an absolutely Herculean project. Group email hell is a real place. For leaders, the process requires full-time tending. They are forced to orchestrate and monitor every piece of communication with regard to scheduling and decision-making. For members, this collab-via-email “strategy” (if we want … Read more

5 top traits of servant leaders: adopt this style to boost your group

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“Don’t judge the day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Out with the group hero, and in with the servant leader It’s a common story among small groups and startups: a charismatic and driven leader is leading the charge, driving change, saving the day, relishing in … Read more

Groupizy features Brene Brown: The Daring Greatly Leadership Manifesto

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“We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, and engagement…” You’re most likely familiar at least with the name, Brene Brown. Brown is a researcher, author, public speaker, professor who has spent her career focusing on courage and shame. Around here, we are big fans of her wildly popular book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be … Read more

Group empowerment hot tip: leash your inner control freak

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Control freak-ishness: noun, the tendency towards micromanagement as a coping mechanism for dealing with fear (and unchecked ego) Control freak-ishness is a strategy, albeit a dysfunctional strategy, for dealing with fear. Fear that something will go wrong if the control freak eases up on the reins a bit. Is that you? If you’re the resident … Read more

Groupizy features TED: How Great Leaders Inspire Action with Simon Sinek

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Inspired group leaders understand (and communicate) their “why” What does it mean to embrace inspired group leadership? Last week, we talked about how leaders can stay motivated when their dedication to their role on the team is flagging hard. One of our suggestions was to lean into the questioning. We recommended that leaders do a … Read more

Getting unstuck from mental quicksand: How to motivate yourself as a group leader

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Or, enough about them. Let’s talk about you! Much has been written about how leaders can motivate their people. Much of the writing has to do with corporate environments and work teams. But our blog isn’t for corporate leadership development. It’s about a different kind of leadership. Our focus is on groups that have voluntarily formed … Read more