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Huddles, Huddles, Huddles

October 20, 2010

In future print runs of Building a Discipling Culture, we will be including a few extra chapters on what Huddles are, how they are different from small groups, why Huddles work, how to start Huddles and use them to disciple people, how Huddles spiritually form people, as well as some sample Huddle outlines. (see an excerpt below)

Basically, we want to do everything we can to help people put discipleship at the center of everything they do and have the best resources available for making this happen.

So here’s what we are doing: If you click on this link, it will take you to our website and you can download a PDF of these extra chapters FOR FREE.

That’s right. For a short time, we’re giving you the PDF free of charge. You will need to go through the checkout process on the website, but you won’t have to give any credit card information or anything like that.

Here’s a quick excerpt from these extra chapters on how Huddles are different than Small Groups.


How is it different than a Small Group?

Huddles do have a few similarities to Small Groups, most notably, they are similar insize (4-10 people), meet regularly and at the same location. However, there are some key differences as well.


· Huddles are not open to “the public.” They are a group of people who are committed to attending each Huddle and are invited to be a part of the group by the leader. Huddles donʼt grow by adding more people to an existing Huddle. Huddles grow when current members start a Huddle of their own.

· Huddle leaders act as the primary disciplers of the members of the group, not as facilitators. They are giving their lives as something worth imitating, giving their members access to all parts of their lives. Huddle leaders are inviting the members of the Huddle to imitate the parts of their lives that look like the life and ministry of Jesus.

· In Small Groups, creating a warm, friendly environment with few-to-no challenges is the most important thing as new people might be attending. In contrast, the job of the Huddle leader ultimately isnʼt to create the warmest, most comfortable environment. It is to create an environment that is a safe place to be honest, but one of accountability, learning, encouragement and challenge. It is not uncommon for a Huddle leader to say something that might be difficult for someone to hear, but it is said in love for the sake of transformation.

· People miss Small Groups if things come up or perhaps they may not feel like attending that night. In Huddles, the expectation is that you never miss a Huddle unless it is absolutely unavoidable. Huddle leaders hold their members accountable to this.

· Small Groups often revolve around particular curriculums, DVDs or a very specific Bible study theme/topic often decided by the group as a whole. The direction and trajectory of Huddles are guided by where the Huddle leader feels the Holy Spirit is leading the group and by the particular Kairos moments the people within the group are experiencing.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 10:00 pm

    Amazing! This is just what we needed as we are launching into our second generations of Huddles. Thanks Mike & Steve.

  2. October 21, 2010 12:45 am

    Yup. This describes what I’ve been experiencing in the huddle.

  3. October 21, 2010 2:52 am

    Great distinctions Mike, and it ties in perfectly with a conversation Peter (my husband) and I had at lunch today.

    Can’t wait to read the new chapters!

  4. October 22, 2010 2:36 am

    Mike! Mike, Mike, Mike! This is so on time bro! Thanks for sharing the goods.


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