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7 Ways Your Group Can Celebrate this Holiday Season

Written by Michael C. Mack  The holidays are coming. What is your small group’s plan? NOW is the time to start planning! Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group. Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to… [ Read More ]

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The Value of a Diverse Small Group

I have a diverse group of folks in my small group.  And by diverse I mean: single dating married divorced in college doctorate degree(s) masters degree jobless fitness nuts fitness haters no church background legalistic church background mature in their faith not a follower of Christ yet young old stay-at-home moms working moms past addiction issues… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Leadership Essentials with Carolyn Taketa

Q Do you need some encouragement, fresh strategies and practical advice as a small group point person? If your answer is “Yes,” then you’ve come to the right place! Carolyn Taketa is the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in West Lake Village, CA. She is the author for such publishers as “Christianity… [ Read More ]

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Why Differences Destroy Some Groups

Here in America the recent election has caused disruption between and within communities. It reminded us that differences in opinions can grow into disruptions of community. Small Group Network’s international membership is likely not experiencing this in the same way. But we are all familiar with the lurking questions that create dissonance. The dynamic of… [ Read More ]

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Stretchy Pants…They’re For Fun!

I have to admit something to you, and it’s kind of embarrassing. I mean being a forty-one year old man I shouldn’t be this embarrassed, but it takes a lot for me to say this, I love wearing spandex. I know, weird right? But if you put it in the context of why, maybe you’ll… [ Read More ]

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Top 10 Books for Small Group Ministry Leadership

Fourteen years ago I began leading my first small group and quickly realized that I didn’t have a clue.  Over the years I have been mentored by some of the greatest small group ministry leaders and thinkers through their books.  Here are ten small group ministry books that have been most influential to me.   Small Groups… [ Read More ]

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Five Benefits of Attending the Lobby Gathering

As 2016 is quickly coming to an end, you might be planning what conferences or gatherings you will be attending in 2017.  If that is you, let me highly encourage you to look into attending the Lobby Gathering in southern California, hosted by Saddleback Church. When I think about the church I attend and serve… [ Read More ]

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Are You a Paid Salesperson or a Satisfied Customer?

Arnold Kiburi, pastor of small groups at Karura Community Chapel in Nairobi, Kenya, and the leader of a Small Group Network huddle in that city, was my guest recently and we talked about his 11 years of leading small group ministries in several churches. Among the many topics we entertained was the issue of transparency…. [ Read More ]

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7 Ways to Celebrate Small Group Leaders

Celebrate! I recently had an ‘aha’ moment. I realised I had made significant personal growth in a particular area of my life. As this sunk in I physically felt myself stand taller, and heard that little voice inside my head say….’well done’. ‘Good job’. ‘It was worth the effort’. I felt great. However a deeper… [ Read More ]

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Longevity in Leadership

Burnout is a very real problem for many ministry leaders. I know because I’ve been there. If you aren’t careful, burnout can be a devastating experience that could lead to quitting ministry altogether. God has brought me through more than one season where I needed to do some housework in my own ministry. As leaders, it is so… [ Read More ]

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