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Revolutionize Your meetings With These Easy-Peasy Tips By Steve Gladen

What format have you found most effective when holding a staff (team) meeting? The staff (I prefer the word team) meeting is one of the most critical and sometimes not thought through part for the supervisor leading the team. As stated before, I prefer the word “team” over “staff” because I want them to feel… [ Read More ]

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What’s On Your Dashboard?

No one questions why we should collect metrics on how our small group ministries are performing. These measurements tell us how well our ministry approach is working, and they can be useful for everything from planning next year’s activities to justifying programs and budgets. A common way to view metrics is to use a dashboard,… [ Read More ]

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Women in Leadership: Practical Issues Affecting Both Men and Women in Ministry [Podcast]

What does it take for women to flourish in ministry?  If you or anyone on your team are asking these questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Host Carolyn Taketa interviews Awana CEO and SGN Lobby Conference speaker, Valerie Bell on her insights based on decades of ministry in various leadership settings. This lively conversation addresses… [ Read More ]

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Accelerate! Your Ministry

I’ve been to a lot of conferences. I love them. I love the whole experience of getting outside of my normal environment, focusing on ministry, dreaming, and hearing from speakers I don’t normally get to interact with. I grow as a leader when I intentionally carve out time to be a part of conferences. I’m… [ Read More ]

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How to Prevent Small Group Meltdowns

I worked in construction one summer break when I was in high school. It was hard work, I got a great tan, and I was sporting some serious muscles when school started up again. But I also learned a valuable lesson, called “measure twice, cut once.” While this lesson was about cutting wood, the universal principle was that… [ Read More ]

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The 1 Thing Your Leadership Development Pathway is Missing

When we talk “leadership development pathway,” I’ll bet you think about all of the cognitive steps leaders need to take to develop. You start to map out the markers all along the way, from trainings to gatherings to curriculum. But there’s one primary aspect of development you just might have overlooked. You can’t grow into… [ Read More ]

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6 Quick Questions to Value Volunteers

I love sports and believe that it teaches great things like teamwork, overcoming adversity, and how to deal with success and failure.  These are all super important and I believe worthwhile reasons for my children to play.  I value our town rec league. It provides me an opportunity to support our local community and meet… [ Read More ]

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7 Lessons I Learned from My First “Lobby”

I just returned from attending my first Small Group Network Lobby Gathering, and I am already looking forward to the 2018 So Cal Lobby (Register HERE), which is March 13-15, 2018! While Derek Olson captured some of the best of the best quotes from the Lobby, I want to share some of the lessons I… [ 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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7 Absurdly Awesome Apps for Groups Leadership

A few weeks back on a day out with my wife we ended up at the local home improvement store.  Eighty-four aisles ranging from showers to shrubs greeted us with the express purpose of expanding my todo list.  We’re in the midst of tackling some much needed repairs and updates on our home, and as we… [ Read More ]

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