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How I STILL Think of You

By Paul Wilkinson You may recognize this article from December 2016. I wanted to update it and reinforce that I still believe Adult Discipleship through Groups ministry is the most strategic ministry in the church. We must be the engine, producing disciples for all other ministries to utilize: preschool, children’s, missions, church plants, . . . . I pray that you adopt this mentality and calling. Who knows what the Spirit will do with us when we allow our limited … Continue reading

Confession as Hospitality

By Paul Wilkinson That title may seem strange if you think I intend for you to elicit sin confessions from the visitors to your group! Please, do not. What I mean is that the vulnerability and openness of a group will always be a function of how vulnerable and open you are as the leader. I AM NOT asking you to air all of your dirty laundry in front of the group. I AM asking you to be open with … Continue reading

Punctuality as Hospitality

By Paul Wilkinson Keep in mind, as you read this, that we advertise our groups as starting at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. If we are to be serious about hospitality and outreach, then we must be present in order to receive, love, and engage guests. I was reading an article about the importance of punctuality. The author listed numerous reasons why being punctual is important: Being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity. (Think of time commitments as promises made.) … Continue reading