Splash Mountain Small Groups Hosted by Walt Disney

What if Walt Disney was a Small Group Host? This question was bouncing around in my head a few weeks ago as I enjoyed a family vacation to Disneyland! In fact, I started penning this post as I waited in line for over 60 minutes to ride the newly renovated “Hyper Space Mountain!” Tens of… [ Read More ]

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Get “Leading Small Groups with Purpose” for $1.99 this Week Only!

For the new small group leader, the seasoned leader who feels their small group lacks purpose, or the leader who is itching to move their small group to the next level, Leading Small Groups with Purpose is the road map to follow. Steve Gladen, author of Small Groups with Purpose and pastor of small groups… [ Read More ]

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The 5 secrets of highly effective leader training – from around the world (part quattro)

Secret 4. Train the entire group, not just the leader Most of the time we hinge the success of our small groups on their leaders. But this assumes that all leaders are highly motivated learners that will remember and implement everything we teach them. Secret number 4 actually implements a better way. Rather than relying… [ Read More ]

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Think In A Circle Instead of In A Line

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, right? I’ve discovered that, for long-range goals, circles actually work better. For example I get to work with Jay Kranda and Efraim Meulenberg on our online ministry at Saddleback Church. Jay and Efraim do an amazing job of attracting an audience that watches Saddleback services,… [ Read More ]

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3 Keys to Soaring Summer Small Groups

Over a month ago we launched our summer term of small groups & have seen many un-connected people get connected into community! We’ve seen new friendships being made, families growing deeper in faith & lots of fun being had! We’ve seen many new leaders rise up to use their God-given gifts in leading & facilitating these… [ Read More ]

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The 5 secrets of highly effective leader training – from around the world (part drei)

This is the third in a five-part series answering the top question posed by small group ministry leaders around the world, “How do I train our small group leaders so we get spiritually healthy small groups?” Here’s the third secret. 3. Leader training is not an event Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that… [ Read More ]

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The Five Practices of Extraordinary Leaders

The leadership story in the Bible, and Jesus in particular, defines and promotes an alternative to conventional leadership methods. This alternative consists of five practices used by extraordinary leaders. Practice #1: Learning Virtually every leadership paradigm advocates learning in some form or another. “Leaders are learners” is an adage that has been around for years…. [ Read More ]

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The 5 Secrets of Highly Effective Leader Training – From Around the World (Part Deux)

We’ve been exploring the number one ministry challenge posed by leaders of small group ministries around the world, “How do I train our small group leaders so we get spiritually healthy small groups?” In this second in a five-part series we’ll look at another secret ingredient. 2.    Leaders are not born, they’re raised  Highly effective leader training raises… [ Read More ]

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Cheating Doesn’t Pay By Dave Alford

Another global automaker announced last week that it had been cheating on data provided to regulatory agencies. Mitsubishi reported that it had been overstating fuel mileage on its cars. Initially the company said that it had misreported mileage on 625,000 vehicles manufactured since 2013. Later it admitted that the problem had been going on much… [ Read More ]

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The 5 Secrets of Highly Effective Leader Training – From Around the World By Ron Wilbur

Recently I asked small group ministry leaders in five countries to share the most challenging issue facing their ministry this year. The most common response was the challenge of training leaders to get spiritually healthy small groups. In this five-part series we’ll uncover the secret sauce in highly effective small group leadership training, and some… [ Read More ]

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