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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7 Ways to Celebrate Small Group Leaders

Celebrate! I recently had an ‘aha’ moment. I realised I had made significant personal growth in a particular area of my life. As this sunk in I physically felt myself stand taller, and heard that little voice inside my head say….’well done’. ‘Good job’. ‘It was worth the effort’. I felt great. However a deeper… [ Read More ]

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Top 10 Bible Verses for Small Groups

Part of the reason I feel called to small group ministry, and why I’ve made it my life mission to build healthy small group communities where I know life change happens, is because I’ve seen it work. I’ve seen first-hand the work that a healthy community does in a person’s and a family’s life. It’s… [ Read More ]

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Five Fun Ice-Breakers from Across the Globe

The time has come and you are hosting that first small group gathering, or group leader training.  You wonder how to get everyone talking, or a way to “break the ice.”  Well, wonder no more, we have got you covered.  My name is Matt Wray, and I am the Small Groups director at Hillside Chapel,… [ Read More ]

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One Simple Step – Using Social Media as a Small Group Ministry Leader

Have you ever heard these questions? “How can I share small group ministry vision and ongoing training when I struggle to even get the leaders to gather together……..! What do you do to gather your leaders? What works well in your context? What creative ideas have you implemented?” Every time my SGN Huddle meets, questions… [ Read More ]

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