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Power Of The Invitation

I serve at a church that is a little less than two years old, and we have a 79% connection rate in groups. We also have less than 100 people attending on the weekend. I wanted to write this article geared more towards that smaller church leader. Whenever I talk with a new group leader… [ Read More ]

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One Simple Idea – Promoting Small Groups in your Worship Service

If you are anything like me, you are always keen to hear about new and creative ideas to promote small groups, so how about trying this simple idea. Most faith communities have a time during the worship service where they encourage people to ‘meet and greet’. During this time ask people to stand if they… [ 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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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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Keep Your Eye On The Prize

When Huddle leaders around the world were asked for their most profound small groups learning last year, one pastor in Europe got straight to the point: “It is not numbers and growth but health and balance of purposes that makes the difference in the life of small group ministry. It was the greatest discovery I found… [ Read More ]

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Register NOW: 2017 Small Group Network Events

The tag line we use at The Small Group Network is, “We are better together.”  To us, it is not just a saying, but we actually mean it.  As Small Group Pastors and Leaders our heart is to see people connected to each other, and ultimately grow closer to God.  Well, it doesn’t stop there. … [ Read More ]

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Time For a Physical…

80-120… 120-140… To most people, these numbers don’t mean much, but to me, as a Type 2 Diabetic they mean everything. 80-120 is the normal range my blood sugar level (BSL) should be, and 120-140 is the range my BSL should be after a meal. I have to test my blood sugar levels multiple times… [ Read More ]

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Effectively Marketing Small Groups

Great marketing has the power to move us and to change our routines.  Starbucks Coffee did this by marketing a new way of life thereby changing millions of American’s morning routine.  Starbucks made coffee drinking and going to coffee shops a lifestyle. At the heart of it, marketing, especially church marketing, is about changing habits and replacing them… [ Read More ]

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7 Ways Your Group Can Celebrate this Holiday Season

Written by Michael C. Mack  The holidays are coming. What is your small group’s plan? NOW is the time to start planning! Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group. Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to… [ Read More ]

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