Five Reasons to attend an Accelerate! Workshop

How much time do you spend just thinking about small groups? How much planning and preparation time do you have? If you are anything like me, most of the time you are just trying to keep your eyes above water.  I can’t tell you how many times I have wished someone would just spell out… [ Read More ]

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Coming To Australia This June – Two SGN Small Group Conferences

The Small Groups with Purpose two-day conference is coming to two Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney, in June. Steve Gladen, author, founder of the Small Group Network (SGN) and Small Group Pastor at Saddleback Church will be teaching live at the conferences. When and where? Melbourne on 15-16 June and in Sydney on 22-23 June…. [ 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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3 Goals for Growth in 2018

As we begin the new year, it has got me thinking about growth. Specifically, how can we grow and build our small group ministries in 2018? What if we started by setting some goals for ourselves – I have noticed that when I grow there is a ripple effect which also has an impact on the ministry God… [ 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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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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5 Takeaways from The Lobby Gathering

It’s November and I am still thinking of my very first experience, eight months ago, at the Lobby Gathering. I attended not really knowing much about the Small Group Network, what the Lobby Gathering was or even what all I’d do once I arrived. Just in case you are interested in attending but are in the same… [ Read More ]

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5 Things You’ll Miss if You’re Not at the Lobby Gathering

If the Lobby Gathering isn’t already on your calendar, it might be time to stop what you’re doing and sign up. (but don’t stop reading this post… stop the other things you’re doing!) Conferences are great, right? 2 or 3 days chock full of information that’s all wildly convicting, way over your head, and only… [ Read More ]

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Accelerate! Your Ministry

I’ve been to a lot of conferences. I love them. I love the whole experience of getting outside of my normal environment, focusing on ministry, dreaming, and hearing from speakers I don’t normally get to interact with. I grow as a leader when I intentionally carve out time to be a part of conferences. I’m… [ 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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