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The 5 Best Reasons You Should Start a Huddle

Maybe you’ve been considering starting a huddle. Perhaps a Small Group Network leader has been bugging you to do it. But, while you’re thinking seriously about it, you still struggle with a deeply personal question: what’s in it for me? Essentially, there are five personal benefits that you gain in starting a huddle: You’ll learn… [ Read More ]

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What’s On Your Dashboard?

No one questions why we should collect metrics on how our small group ministries are performing. These measurements tell us how well our ministry approach is working, and they can be useful for everything from planning next year’s activities to justifying programs and budgets. A common way to view metrics is to use a dashboard,… [ Read More ]

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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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Keep Your Eye On The Prize

When Huddle leaders around the world were asked for their most profound small groups learning last year, one pastor in Europe got straight to the point: “It is not numbers and growth but health and balance of purposes that makes the difference in the life of small group ministry. It was the greatest discovery I found… [ Read More ]

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An Exponential Leadership Lesson That Most Pastors Miss

I have been a student of small group ministry for many years. Recently I asked the leaders of SGN huddles around the world for one thing that they learned this past year that significantly changed their group strategy. The following is a very insightful comment from a pastor in Australia: “As a Pastor with multiple… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Ministry Leadership Lessons My Dad Taught Me

Growing up, I never thought we were poor and yet the truth is, we didn’t have a lot of money. We did have love, friends, family, and a church family – but the happiness of my childhood was never measured in gifts or activities or living in nice houses. I never once thought about inheriting… [ 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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Three Breakthrough Ideas from the Global Small Group Movement

Every month small group ministry leaders are meeting around the world, finding fellowship and wisdom with other ministry leaders in their community. What they’re actually discovering in Small Group Network huddles is that we are better together. Here are three quick ideas from worldwide small group huddles that your small group ministry can take advantage… [ Read More ]

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Okay, You’ve Just Been Put In Charge Of Small Groups. Now What?

It’s one of those days when it feels like God just reached down and touched you. Your pastor has informed you that you are being given responsibility over the small group ministry in your church. Woohoo! Oh wait, you know very little about small groups, and you just said “yes?” What do you do now?… [ Read More ]

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The 5 Secrets of Highly Effective Leader Training – From Around the World (Part 5)

This last in a series reveals the final secret to highly effective leader training. Secret 5 – “Tell and show.” When I was growing up we had a class time in school called “Show and Tell.” Each kid would bring something from their life to show and then talk about. It was sometimes interesting, much… [ Read More ]

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