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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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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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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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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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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