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Life-changing groups will have members who honor the promise of confidentiality that is made in each group. Read more from Kevin Watson as he expresses a key element of transformative small group experiences.

Are you in a strange place with your small group? Kevin Watson shares the normal stages of a healthy small group in his book, The Class Meeting.

Is it worth it to do small groups in youth during the summer? Pierce Drake shares advice on the topic, as well as tips for what to teach.

The decline of the class meeting matters because disciples of Jesus Christ are called to live different lives, not just think different thoughts. Read more from Kevin Watson as he offers a challenge to the 21st century church.

What was one of the things that held the Methodist movement together? Kevin Watson's book, The Class Meeting, explains that Early Methodists' practice of watching over one another in love was what caused the movement and the people to flourish.
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In 18th century Methodism, ordering people according to gender and marital status and putting them in micro-communities catalyzed spiritual growth of regions and realigned the spiritual trajectory of entire nations. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video of Kevin Watson painting a compelling picture of Wesleyan band meetings.

Have you been considering joining a house church? Let us help you! Andy Hogue offers some wise and witty reasons why you might want to reconsider the switch.
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Both John Wesley and George Whitefield won thousands of converts to Christ in the 18th century, leading to a great revival of the church. But Whitefield often relied on Wesley to organize and offer spiritual oversight to new converts. Watch Dr. Ryan Danker explain how this phenomenon and the flexibility of John Wesley's ministry to meet the spiritual needs of the day contributed to renewal in the church.
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What are some keys to a better small group experience? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Kevin Watson shares insights from the early Methodist small group practices, including the class meeting and the bands, both set up to enhance and produce social religion—the pursuit of holiness in shared community.

How did the early church engage with surrounding culture? In this article Steve Bruns offers illuminating insight from how the early Christians lived a spiritual life and made disciples. It is this pattern that Wesley employed in his own organization of the Methodist societies, and this pattern will help us discover what we can learn from the early Church and apply to today.

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