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

This last in a series reveals the final secret to highly effective leader training. Secret 5 – “Tell and show.” When I was growing up we had a class time in school called “Show and Tell.” Each kid would bring something from their life to show and then talk about. It was sometimes interesting, much… [ Read More ]

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When More is Not Better

I recently asked on Small Group Network’s Facebook page, “What is the biggest challenge you are facing in your small group ministry?” A friend replied, “A big challenge is serving in a church that does small groups but also wants to do a million other discipleship ministries/ venues simultaneously…”   A common temptation in ministry is… [ Read More ]

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SGN Interviews: Q&A with Ben Reed

Ben Reed is a Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, where he also serves on the lead team of the international Small Group Network. Ben is the Author of “Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint.” Ben answers the following questions below in this exciting interview… What drew you to small groups… [ Read More ]

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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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3 Ways to Creatively Communicate with Your Small Group Hosts

Ever feel stuck in a communication rut, wondering if people are actually hearing you? This feeling is actually quite new, ushered in by the world of technology. Believe it or not, there was a time where if you sent something like an invitation or a greeting, you were practically guaranteed the people you wanted to… [ 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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5 Paradigm Shifts For Small Group Ministry

(CC Image • Courtesy of Nicholas Eckhart on Flicker) While the phrase “Paradigm shift” may be used and heard a lot today, the actual occurrence of one is still a rare sight. A paradigm shift can be defined as a dramatic change by members of a group or community in the cognitive framework of basic… [ Read More ]

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PDC 2016 – New Hope for Your Church

NEW HOPE FOR YOUR CHURCH For the first time in nearly a decade, the Purpose Driven Conference returns with new material, new tools, and new hope for your church. This conference is a unique and comprehensive learning experience that will be the catalytic force of renewal for you, your entire church, and the community around… [ Read More ]

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Wanted: Authentic Community By Judy Colegrove

Small groups are all about leading people into a deeper relationship with Christ and with one another. But what if your group members haven’t really connected?  How can you help them to move past superficial relationships and only showing up when it’s convenient, into a deeply committed, love relationship with Christ and one another? It… [ Read More ]

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