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Why Do You Do What You Do?

When is the last time you had a powerful sense of your “why”? Are you feeling fully connected and motivated? At a training last week the facilitator showed a video created by Cleveland Clinic, a medical practice in Ohio. The title of the video was, “Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care.” The rest of… [ Read More ]

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Preventative Maintenance > Fixing The Whole House

You need volunteers to support your small group ministry. You need to build your infrastructure. EVERY church does, including Saddleback! Infrastructures don’t build themselves, repair themselves, or naturally strengthen over time, whether we’re talking about physical structures or ministries we’re called to lead. In Southern California, most homes are built on a concrete slab foundation,… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Q&A: Adam Workman of Sandals Church

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! Adam Workman is the Discipleship Pastor at Sandals church in Riverside CA as well as the Small Group Network regional leader for Southern California/ Hawaii region! In this… [ Read More ]

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Vision: Five Fundamentals for Keeping it Clear

We’re moving.  It’s a bit of a daunting task, preparing a home, especially when you’ve lived somewhere for nine years now.  There are all these little things that need to get done. Things we’ve lived with and hoped to get to one day, but now one day is today and we must prepare our home… [ Read More ]

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Building a Small Group Ministry Model – 4 Things I Learnt from a Bus Company

Destination is integral Think about it. You don’t get on board a bus unless you know where it is going! You look at the sign or number of the bus and jump on when you are sure it is going where you want to go. It is the same when setting up a small group… [ Read More ]

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Are Your Leaders Getting the Appreciation They Need?

Look up the definition of the word, “appreciate.” You might find this definition: “To recognize the full worth of.” It’s a definition I recently came across. It made me realize this is a practice that’s desperately needed for our ministry leaders. Whenever I share my testimony I mention the first small group I was ever… [ Read More ]

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One IS the Loneliest Number!

ONE IS the Loneliest Number! The opening line of the Harry Nillson song goes like this; “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”…… Nillson’s song was covered by the band Three Dog Night and reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. That is a long time ago, but the opening… [ Read More ]

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How a Fire Pit Revolutionized My Coaching Strategy

No matter how many groups you have, what group model you use, or what part of the world you are in, one thing is true in all of our ministries: group leaders need coaching! Throughout my time hanging around the Small Group Network in our local huddle and at the Lobby Gathering, I’ve noticed that… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Leadership: Starting From Scratch

I’m new at this. I took on leadership of small groups at my church in early 2017. Immediately, I signed up for The Lobby – my first small group conference experience! It was exciting – and a bit intimidating, to be honest. I felt like the new kid in school. But I came home feeling encouraged, equipped, and motivated to… [ Read More ]

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4 Influencer Imperatives in Small Group Leadership

Bill Hybels in his 2005 Global Leadership Summit address “These Things We Must Do” gave four points, imperatives, we as leaders must do.  He implored us to: Keep the vision clear Keep the people engaged Make your meetings memorable Pace yourself for the long haul This is a great list. It is simple and doable.  It can… [ Read More ]

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