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Key Idea #1: Everyone in the group must understand its goal to keep the group focused on its purpose and methodology. The best small group is a sanctification rather than a Bible or book study group. Growing knowledge is easy and safe, but transformation requires more than knowledge acquisition, and a small group is an excellent context for transformation.
Key Idea #2: Before enjoying a loving, meaningful, and intimate relationship with another human being, one must have an in-depth understanding, experience, and practice of the Gospel (Christ) in one’s life.
Key Idea #3: In whatever way you discern that a member of your small group ought to change, you become the picture of that changed life before that person as you prayerfully and dependently expect God’s strength and timing to help him.
Key Idea #4: Each small group member is vetting their leaders. There are two questions every small group attendee is asking their leaders: Can I trust you? Are you able to help me?
Key Idea #5: For change to happen, multiple contexts are needed, not just the small group meeting. Transformation rarely happens in small groups but in smaller contexts.
Key Idea #6: “Give it a year” is a standard perspective regarding change. It takes a while for a small group member to trust the leaders, reveal an issue, and ask for help. If the group is seasonal, it is nearly impossible to go deep.
Key Idea #7: Sunday’s sermon is the best source material for small groups. The formula for wisdom is knowledge + application. Thus, applying the sermon later in the week will help overcome the curve of forgetfulness, learn what the pastor is teaching, and transform the church.
Key Idea #8: The three group killers are:
Key Idea #9: The leader has to be a skilled discipler, not just a facilitator willing to lead. You’re looking for a true leader with a clear gift mix that affirms their leadership gifting.
Key Idea #10: Everyone is messed up, totally depraved, not entirely sanctified, so you want to be discerning without being cynical or suspicious as you continuously assess each member while creating a relational bridge to build trust that compels them to reveal their “messed-up-ness” because they trust you and believe you have the competency to help them.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).