From Fear to Friendship: How Introverts Can Find Community in Small Groups

Hello, my name is Jeremy, and moving from fear to friendship can be difficult. You see, I’m an introvert. Introvert noun in·​tro·​vert ˈin-trə-ˌvərt  : a person whose personality is characterized by introversion: a typically reserved or quiet person who tends to be introspective and enjoys spending time alone This is funny because I am also the Pastor responsible for […]

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist to Guide your Group in Prayer

How do you feel about Christmas music? When fall ends and the Christmas season is ushered in with enthusiasm, you begin to hear Christmas songs everywhere; what is your reaction? You either love it, hate it or tolerate it. Here in Ottawa, Canada, we have a radio station that starts playing Christmas music right after […]

Help! I Hate Small Group Ministry!

Okay, I confess, I crafted that title to get your attention. But now that you are here, I wanted to ask you a question: “Have you ever felt like that? Have you felt like you hated small group ministry?” I have. Several weeks ago, I was ready to walk away from it all and said, […]

Top 5 Lessons for Building A Small Group Ministry

We are blessed to own an older single-family home in a lovely suburb in Ottawa, Ontario. On the surface, it truly is a beautiful place to raise our family. On the outside, everything looks perfect. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It isn’t. This home was built in 1970, and […]

8 FREE Tools to Help Your Ministry Succeed

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How Storytelling Can Transform your Small Group Experience.

What was Your Favorite Story? Do you remember the stories you were drawn to as a kid? Stories of heroes and villains, friendships, the power of community, and overcoming difficulties and challenges. There is no denying the allure of stories. They have such an ability to draw us together collectively. Teaching us something about the […]

The #1 Gift You Can Give Your Small Group Leaders

Throughout my time as a Small Group Point Person, the hunt for the perfect gift for my leaders has been a challenge that, at times, has caused me considerable angst. I’m sure you know what I mean. Christmas is right around the corner, and you want to get something for your leaders that communicates value, […]

Daniel Thomas

Connections Director


Daniel serves as Executive Pastor at Community Church of Mountain City, TN.  Daniel and his family are on a mission to establish roots within their community, fight for peace and serve well.  He serves as our Connections Director in laying the groundwork for Circles. He loves great coffee and traveling with his wife Tia and two children, Deklan and Aden



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