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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Creating the Conditions for Growing Groups By Andrew Mason

How important is it to see growing small groups in our churches? Christian Schwarz spearheaded a research project called Natural Church Development. The research center in Germany now has more than 20 million pieces of data about why churches grow and don’t grow. Schwarz says, “If we were to identify any one principle as the… [ Read More ]

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Lead with Questions and Avoid Those Awkward Moments by Matt Graybill

Awkward conversations are the worst. I remember the first time I struck up enough courage to call a girl I liked on the phone. I am pretty sure I said hello and then waited a minute for her to say something. Sometimes small groups and leading small groups can be as awkward as a middle… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways To Keep Small Group Leaders Encouraged And Engaged by Jon Noto

Small group leaders are great people, but just like the best of us they can become distracted, discouraged, or disconnected. Below are five great ways for you to help leaders catch the vision and know that no one leads alone. Send a book A friend of mine is known for saying, “leaders are learners and… [ Read More ]

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8 Expert Tips to Have the Best Huddle by Laura Copeland

We asked some of our top small group experts to share their best tips on how to host a successful gathering of small group point people.  They definitely delivered!  Use a few of these next time you’re planning a huddle! BRING YOUR BEST AND WORST “Have everyone that’s coming bring the best idea that’s shaping… [ Read More ]

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