How to Encourage Prayer Between Small Group Meetings

Q: Do you struggle with how often your small group coaches and leaders pray for those they lead? Are your small group leaders looking for new ways to encourage their members to pray for each other throughout the week? The Importance of Prayer in Small Groups In Back to the Basics, Kiersten Telzerow discusses the… [ Read More ]

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Back to the Basics

There comes a time when your small group ministry is flourishing, growing, and multiplying. Praise God! You see all the things you’ve been praying for and hoping to see. Then, the Lord might tap you on the shoulder and say, ” I want you to go back to the basics.” At least, that’s what he… [ Read More ]

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5 Questions to Ask Your Small Group Leaders

As a Small Group Point Person, it is so important to connect with your small group leaders regularly. This action cannot be overdone and is vital to leaders feeling valued. It is also essential to communicate in various methods throughout each semester and calendar year. Phone conversations may be more useful for one leader, while… [ Read More ]

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Are SMART Goals Holding You Back?

Q: Are you setting SMART goals and working to meet those goals as a part of your small group ministry? If you answered yes, that is terrific. Goal setting is important for you and your team. Goals provide many benefits including: Giving a roadmap to achieving your vision and mission Focusing your team on what… [ Read More ]

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10 Bible Verses for Small Groups on “Gathering”

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 NKJV “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer…” Acts 1:14 NLT “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper),… [ Read More ]

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9 Questions Before Starting Online Small Groups

The most asked question I get from pastors is always about online small groups. How does Saddleback Church do online small groups? How do they meet? How do you train leaders? Do you ship materials to group members? These are all great questions you need to be asking! The Online Campus at Saddleback Church has… [ Read More ]

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What Do Small Groups and Hot Chocolate Have in Common?

The day after Christmas, my wife and I, along with our two girls (ages 2 ½ and 6 months), hopped on a plane and flew to southern California to visit my parents and some other friends and family. My parents, being amazing grandparents, had the food items that they knew our toddler loved, like chicken… [ Read More ]

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Steve Gladen: Making Key Decisions for Critical Impact [PODCAST]

This podcast focuses on some key decisions that will have a critical impact on shaping the values, strategies, and culture of your groups ministry for years to come.  Steve is 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… [ Read More ]

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Do You Really Need an Onboarding Process?

What is your process for onboarding a new Small Group Leader? Is it the same for every new leader? Or is it more subjective based upon the leader’s experience? Is there a process at all or do you just figure it out new each time? Most of the Small Group Point People I know are… [ Read More ]

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4 Ideas to ‘Kick Start’ Your Small Groups in 2019

I recently read an article from Success Magazine and was intrigued by a list they created on ‘Kick Starting’ the new year. In this blog I would like to mention 4 from the list which challenged me and got me thinking about small group ministry. Write letters to three people in your life to let… [ Read More ]

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