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How to Prevent Small Group Meltdowns

I worked in construction one summer break when I was in high school. It was hard work, I got a great tan, and I was sporting some serious muscles when school started up again. But I also learned a valuable lesson, called “measure twice, cut once.” While this lesson was about cutting wood, the universal principle was that… [ Read More ]

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The 1 Thing Your Leadership Development Pathway is Missing

When we talk “leadership development pathway,” I’ll bet you think about all of the cognitive steps leaders need to take to develop. You start to map out the markers all along the way, from trainings to gatherings to curriculum. But there’s one primary aspect of development you just might have overlooked. You can’t grow into… [ Read More ]

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Live from The Lobby Conference: Q&A with Steve Gladen

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over 7,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. Steve has authored “Small Groups With Purpose,” which has translated into eight languages to date, and “Leading Small Groups With Purpose.” Steve is… [ Read More ]

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6 Quick Questions to Value Volunteers

I love sports and believe that it teaches great things like teamwork, overcoming adversity, and how to deal with success and failure.  These are all super important and I believe worthwhile reasons for my children to play.  I value our town rec league. It provides me an opportunity to support our local community and meet… [ Read More ]

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Memorable Lines from Rick Warren at the 2017 So Cal Lobby Gathering

There is no small church in God’s eyes… no matter what size the plane is, the pilot always takes it just as seriously. Big isn’t better. Small isn’t better. Better is better. Healthy is better. Growing churches require growing leaders. I don’t worry about growing the church, I worry about growing me. What most Senior… [ Read More ]

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7 Lessons I Learned from My First “Lobby”

I just returned from attending my first Small Group Network Lobby Gathering, and I am already looking forward to the 2018 So Cal Lobby (Register HERE), which is March 13-15, 2018! While Derek Olson captured some of the best of the best quotes from the Lobby, I want to share some of the lessons I… [ Read More ]

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25 Small Group Quotes from “The Lobby” SoCal 2017

The largest global network of small group ministry leaders, the “Small Group Network,” annually hosts “The Lobby” small group conference in Southern California. Here are the top 25 quotes from this amazing week… People join a small group for content, but they stay for the relationships. – Rick Warren You can’t microwave a great small group… [ Read More ]

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4 Ways to Encourage your Small Group Leaders

Being a small group leader can be one of the most amazing but challenging experiences all at the same time. Small group leaders do ministry in the trenches and have the amazing privilege to have a front row seat to watch life change and God work in only the way He can. Small group leaders… [ Read More ]

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5 Way to Connect with the Small Group Network on Social Media

As Small Group Pastors and Leaders we all share a common bond, connecting people into community and relationships.  Sometimes we are so busy connecting others, we find ourselves more isolated.  Here at The Small Group Network, we have several ways for you to connect with others socially, and this post will provide you the ways… [ Read More ]

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7 Absurdly Awesome Apps for Groups Leadership

A few weeks back on a day out with my wife we ended up at the local home improvement store.  Eighty-four aisles ranging from showers to shrubs greeted us with the express purpose of expanding my todo list.  We’re in the midst of tackling some much needed repairs and updates on our home, and as we… [ Read More ]

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