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The Power of Food and Community Formation

Food and small groups. To many of us they are probably inseparable. You can’t have a small group without food (it is after all the S of Saddleback’s HOST model). And where there is food, there is probably a small group. But why? Have you ever stopped to consider the power of food in both… [ Read More ]

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11 Ways To Value Children and Small Groups

One of the most common excuses I hear from people for not being able to attend or host a small group is, “I don’t know what to do with my children.” This particular issue, although it requires a little bit of thought, should not be used as excuse to disengage from small group community. Biblical… [ Read More ]

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Power Of The Invitation

I serve at a church that is a little less than two years old, and we have a 79% connection rate in groups. We also have less than 100 people attending on the weekend. I wanted to write this article geared more towards that smaller church leader. Whenever I talk with a new group leader… [ Read More ]

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One Simple Idea – Promoting Small Groups in your Worship Service

If you are anything like me, you are always keen to hear about new and creative ideas to promote small groups, so how about trying this simple idea. Most faith communities have a time during the worship service where they encourage people to ‘meet and greet’. During this time ask people to stand if they… [ Read More ]

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25 Small Group Quotes from “The Lobby” SoCal 2017

The largest global network of small group ministry leaders, the “Small Group Network,” annually hosts “The Lobby” small group conference in Southern California. Here are the top 25 quotes from this amazing week… People join a small group for content, but they stay for the relationships. – Rick Warren You can’t microwave a great small group… [ Read More ]

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5 Way to Connect with the Small Group Network on Social Media

As Small Group Pastors and Leaders we all share a common bond, connecting people into community and relationships.  Sometimes we are so busy connecting others, we find ourselves more isolated.  Here at The Small Group Network, we have several ways for you to connect with others socially, and this post will provide you the ways… [ Read More ]

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Stress Free Steps to Serving

‘Stress-Free’ Steps to Serving “Service projects can sometimes be intimidating, and scary, but if you conjure up just the right amount of courage and go for it, you will not regret it! …..What if each one of us made it our mission to engage ourselves and others in acts of service? Can you imagine the… [ Read More ]

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Three Ideas to Engage Your Lead Pastor as the Groups Champion

As an Associate Pastor who has oversight of small groups at my church, I see a large part of my responsibility as assisting the Lead Pastor to be at the center of our discipleship strategy. This is more of an art than a science, because the Lead Pastor has many demands on their schedule that… [ Read More ]

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The Top 5 Posts of 2016

I love a good “best of” post. Whether you’re looking for the “best gifs,” the “best celebrity fails,” the “best travel destinations,” or the “top 5 ways to get rid of that foot fungus” (here’s to you, Steve Gladen :-)), we all love a summary of the best. Which is why I particularly love the… [ Read More ]

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Effectively Marketing Small Groups

Great marketing has the power to move us and to change our routines.  Starbucks Coffee did this by marketing a new way of life thereby changing millions of American’s morning routine.  Starbucks made coffee drinking and going to coffee shops a lifestyle. At the heart of it, marketing, especially church marketing, is about changing habits and replacing them… [ Read More ]

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