3 Ways To Celebrate and Encourage Small Group Leaders…

Being a dad of three boys under the age of twelve, cartoons are usually one of our major sources of entertainment. Currently our two (almost three) year old’s favorite cartoon is the Trolls Holiday special (THS for short) and let’s be honest real quick, any one who is the parent of a threenager knows they… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways to Get Prepared for 2018

Are you prepared for 2018? January is almost over, but it’s not too late to craft a strong plan for the rest of the year. Here are 5 ways to prepare for 2018: Evaluate Where You Are At Every set of directions include a starting point. It’s hard to chart a path if you don’t… [ Read More ]

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5 Best Practices When Organizing a “Huddle” Gathering

By Cynthia Considine Here are some of the things that I have found to be helpful when preparing for a Huddle Up: #1. Publicize the date, time and location early and often! I find that most small group point people are very busy with competing priorities at their churches or places of work. Research shows that… [ Read More ]

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2018 Vision Day with Steve Gladen

Every year, Pastor Steve Gladen invites all of the small group pastors from each Saddleback Church campus to his home to talk about vision. The day is filled with laughter, meaningful conversations and strategic information intended to create unity across all campuses! Feel free to use any of these ideas or the message notes below… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways To Expand Your Network (And The Small Group Network)

Most small group point people I know are amazing at helping people connect and build relationships. However, they also seem to have the hardest time connecting to other small group point people. It is a strange paradox that expert connectors seem to run solo most of the time. The goal of the Small Group Network… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Network: 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2017

We are blessed to have such an incredible team of authors who write for us each month, and all of whom are real Small Group Point People! A big thank you to each of our SGN authors who consistently give of their time to write such creative and inspired content! From our many blog posts published,… [ Read More ]

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The Top 5 Podcasts of 2017

You have likely heard the adage leaders are learners and though the saying is clichéd I’ve found it to hold truth. Like many small group point people, I find myself challenged to grow and learn more and more.  One of the great things about a year coming to an end is all the yearend reviews. … [ Read More ]

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4 Steps to Create a Thriving Environment for Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is a process that involves genuine change in a person’s knowledge of and relationship with Christ. The process is ongoing and the goal is that each person positively influences others along the way. Small group ministries are often the strategy for spiritual formation in the church. Small group point people don’t want to… [ Read More ]

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5 Benefits of a Small Group ‘Thank Tank’

I know what you are thinking – is that a ‘typo’? Have the Small Group Network communications team not proof read this article properly? What does she mean ‘Thank Tank’? I have never heard of such a thing! Is it like a fish tank, a rain tank……some other type of tank native to Australia? OK,… [ Read More ]

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4 Keys to Hard Conversations

Hard conversations can be challenging. They are never fun. And truthfully most of us would rather not have to have any hard conversations. However, sometimes they are necessary. Maybe there is a Small Group leader who is teaching something contrary to the church’s core values. Or maybe a Small Group member is using their group… [ Read More ]

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