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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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Summer Small Groups By Will Johnston

Summer small groups.  They’re almost an oxymoron.  Summer is when the kids are out of school and vacations are taken.  Small group attendance goes way down, and many groups take a break.  Let’s be honest, I’m a small group pastor, and I’d much rather spend time outside than sit inside in a small group.  … [ Read More ]

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Using MailChimp Automation to Better Care for Groups By Jay Kranda

I’m always looking for ways to better care for people on a scalable level. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to somebody when they cross your path. If someone calls me and wants to get coffee then we get coffee, but that strategy isn’t scalable. Getting coffee with one host… [ Read More ]

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11 Keys to an Effective Small Group Ministry by Judy Colegrove

Regardless of which small group model you choose for your church, there is no “right” way to do small groups and every church leader needs to evaluate which model fits best into their culture.  Although there are many books, articles, and blog posts telling us how to “do groups,” there are some principles that are… [ Read More ]

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Lifeway Interviews Steve Gladen on Life-in-Community

Brian Daniel: In June 2015 we ran a post entitled Three Environments for Disciple-Making about three spaces, or environments, to consider in your mission of making disciples. The environments identified in this post were Life-on-Life, Life-in-Community, and Life-on-Mission. Rick Howerton and I have addressed notions of disciple-making environments on the Groups Matter podcast to some extent, but as… [ Read More ]

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Two Key Qualities of Leaders in Ministry By Jay Daniell

Whether identifying a new Pastor, a new Ministry Leader or a new Small Group Leader, I have found two key ingredients necessary for success. Please don’t misunderstand; many variables come into play when identifying specific ministry leadership roles. But, if leadership candidates do not meet these two criteria, their leadership is doomed before they begin…. [ Read More ]

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