Spiritual Rhythms

One of my favorite classes in my under-grad was Ministry Observation, which I took my freshman year. I know, it doesn’t sound super exciting or life changing by any means, but man…I loved this class! We would, as a class, visit various different churches in Southern California; write critiques and analysis papers about our experience… [ Read More ]

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5 Transferrable Principles You Can Learn from International Small Group Ministries

With 37 Small Group Network huddles in countries outside the US and Canada, what can you gain from the lessons of small group ministries all around the world? Check out these five transferrable principles: Never let a previous experience with groups deter you from trying new groups-based strategies. Many churches in Eastern Europe and other areas tried different… [ Read More ]

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The Oreo Method

Do you like Oreos? What is your favorite part? My favorite Oreos are the golden ones- the crispy outer shell and that sugary cream center. Leadership is a lot like Oreos. No, leadership is not crunchy on the outside and smooth on the inside. But, they do have more similarities than you would think. An Oreo… [ Read More ]

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3 Keys for Keeping the People Engaged: Enlisted, Employed, Empowered

When we moved into our new home, we made cutting the grass our oldest son Cade’s responsibility.  He mowed periodically at our old home, but when we moved in here, it became his responsibility, his to own.  The other day I asked him to mow the front yard.  Later in the day he looked out… [ Read More ]

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Creating Group Clarity

Imagine these people are attending a new small group, they do not really know each other or have any significant background about one another. Paul -his group experience has been one where the leader did everything Karen and Joe – have never been in a small group Sue – in her last group, leadership was… [ Read More ]

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Do Your Leaders Have the Gratitude Attitude?

I was speaking to a friend recently about a particularly hard time in his life. Work was a mess, there were family curve balls, and he had some friends who betrayed him. There was almost nothing left to go wrong. Until that final thing went wrong. “I was turning into a cranky old man that… [ Read More ]

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Four Helpful Lists that Make Evaluation Clear and Effective

Our primary role as leaders is to look forward, to see the future that CAN be, so that we can help people get there. But without looking back and evaluating, we never know if we are making real progress. And even when it feels like we are moving forward and getting better, evaluation helps us… [ Read More ]

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Feeling Discouraged? Five Secret Weapons You Can Use Today!

The great rock band R.E.M. wrote a song, Everybody Hurts, in which the refrain goes, “everybody hurts sometimes.” As anyone in ministry knows, they weren’t kidding! Discouragement is one of the primary obstacles facing every one of us as small group ministry leaders. No one seems to be immune from occasional moments of feeling defeated… [ Read More ]

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3 Steps You Can Take TODAY to Build a Healthier Groups Ministry

We just had the Purpose Driven Church Conference at Saddleback. There were thousands of pastors that came to learn and grow. I was talking with one whose question was really good. How can we possibly make sure groups don’t go crazy? I mean, we have so many scattered all over the place. We don’t want… [ Read More ]

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4 Tips for Recruiting

I don’t know about you, but I always need more small group leaders! The work God is doing in our congregation is rooted in community, so I have four tips that have proven to be helpful! Pray For Your Potential Leaders- It’s all about the prepping. Before I even make an ask of somebody to be a small… [ Read More ]

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