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Mark Zuckerberg on Small Groups and Facebook’s Future

In a recent interview with WIRED*, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, shared that small group ministry is a model he considers when he looks to the future of his social media website. It’s an intriguing comment from the marketplace and it’s loaded with transferable insights for disciple makers. I think it’s important for me to note… [ Read More ]

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Feeling Discouraged? Five Secret Weapons You Can Use Today!

The great rock band R.E.M. wrote a song, Everybody Hurts, in which the refrain goes, “everybody hurts sometimes.” As anyone in ministry knows, they weren’t kidding! Discouragement is one of the primary obstacles facing every one of us as small group ministry leaders. No one seems to be immune from occasional moments of feeling defeated… [ Read More ]

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How a Fire Pit Revolutionized My Coaching Strategy

No matter how many groups you have, what group model you use, or what part of the world you are in, one thing is true in all of our ministries: group leaders need coaching! Throughout my time hanging around the Small Group Network in our local huddle and at the Lobby Gathering, I’ve noticed that… [ Read More ]

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How to Prevent Small Group Meltdowns

I worked in construction one summer break when I was in high school. It was hard work, I got a great tan, and I was sporting some serious muscles when school started up again. But I also learned a valuable lesson, called “measure twice, cut once.” While this lesson was about cutting wood, the universal principle was that… [ Read More ]

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Memorable Lines from Rick Warren at the 2017 So Cal Lobby Gathering

There is no small church in God’s eyes… no matter what size the plane is, the pilot always takes it just as seriously. Big isn’t better. Small isn’t better. Better is better. Healthy is better. Growing churches require growing leaders. I don’t worry about growing the church, I worry about growing me. What most Senior… [ Read More ]

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The Best Recipe Ever!

The Best Recipe Ever? Ingredients for successful leader’s meetings. My family migrated to Australia from England when I was 7 years old. Some of my most powerful memories of England were connected to my Nana. She was a fun, warm lady who loved to bake.  One treat she used to bake was simply called ‘crunch’. I… [ Read More ]

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Why Should I Care so Much About Small Group’s Infrastructure?

Infrastructure: ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər/ noun the physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a community, society, or organization. When we think of “infrastructure,” we may think of things like roads, pipes for water, sidewalks, and power lines. These are the structures needed to bring people and power to an area, like your house. Without infrastructure,… [ Read More ]

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Boy…That Escalated Quickly!

If there is one thing we can all agree on when it comes to doing life together, it’s this fact, conflict will happen. But what do we do as a small group leader when there is that one constant prickly pear in the group? The one person who always seems upset about everything. Their Facebook… [ Read More ]

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Five Fun Ice-Breakers from Across the Globe

The time has come and you are hosting that first small group gathering, or group leader training.  You wonder how to get everyone talking, or a way to “break the ice.”  Well, wonder no more, we have got you covered.  My name is Matt Wray, and I am the Small Groups director at Hillside Chapel,… [ Read More ]

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Leading Worship For Small Groups

Over the years I have led worship for many small groups. I love it! Almost every small group I have led worship for has been grateful for the music as if they had a deep hunger to worship together in their intimate setting. One thing I have found in common with vibrant Small Groups is… [ Read More ]

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