How To Ramp Up Your Recruitment Game

Watch Pastor Rick Warren deliver 4 points at this years HOST Gathering that launched over 1,000 new groups. Watch HERE

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3 Things I Wish Someone had Told Me

Oscar Wilde said, “experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes.” Having been a Small Group Point Person for a number of years now, I have accumulated lots of that type of experience. My hope is that by sharing what I wish someone had told me when I was first starting out in… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Point People: 3 Ways to Steward Your Influence

Influence is “the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.” We all have the power to positively influence others, and the best kind of leadership is the leadership you give away. It’s when you use your influence to… [ Read More ]

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5 Apps that are Actually Useful for Helping Small Group Point People to Lead Well

Leading ourselves well begins with stewarding our greatest resource, time. Managing our time well requires diligence and it requires a plan. Last year I posted a Small Group Network article, 7 Absurdly Awesome Apps for Groups Leadership. Many of those apps I use every day, along with a few others, to help me lead leaders… [ Read More ]

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3 Reasons to Highly Anticipate Steve Gladen’s New Book

With almost 20 years of leading small groups at Saddleback, when Steve Gladen (the founder of the Small Group Network) speaks or writes, we are wise to listen. Many of us have greatly benefitted from his wisdom whether through his previous books, through the Small Group Network, or through the conference he and his team… [ Read More ]

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3 Ideas to Help you Care for your Leaders

My husband and I recently travelled from Australia to New York, while we were there we visited the 9/11 Memorial Site. It was a very moving experience for us, however amidst the sadness I heard this story; “A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks… [ Read More ]

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Two Questions That Every Small Group Point Person Should Be Asking

As a small group point person, you know to ask what’s happening in groups. It’s the only way to know how best to help. What topics are you discussing? What is the next study you’re planning? What is your attendance like? What is the number of new people you can take? But if that’s the… [ Read More ]

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Confessions of an International Small Group Point Person

This is a message from one pastor leading the small group ministry in a church outside of North America. “There are many things that we have in common with our brothers and sisters in small group ministry in other countries. Yet, here are some pronounced differences between what we see in North American ministry and… [ Read More ]

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Lasting Impressions of Value

You are valuable- I may not know you, but I know you are valuable. Jesus tells me so in the story of value in Luke 12. He is talking about the birds of the air and the clothes we wear and states, “Of how much more value are you than the birds” (12:24, NIV). But,… [ Read More ]

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3 Things Stopping People from Joining Your Groups

We’re all dying for a place to belong. But for many of the people we serve, it’s hard to believe that authentic and safe community actually exists. The radically inclusive and welcoming nature of Jesus’ life and ministry was confusing, , challenging and frustrating for the religious people around Him. How strange to see this man… [ Read More ]

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