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Doing Groups Ministry in a Multisite Context [Podcast]

Q Do you serve in a local church ministry? Are you a small group point person? Are you doing groups in a multisite context? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this Small Group Network podcast is for you as it will encourage and equip you regarding general ministry principles, leadership & groups in… [ Read More ]

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How to Launch New Groups and Find New Leaders [Podcast]

If we were to ask you, “what are your top 3 challenges in your small groups ministry?” One of your answers would probably be related to getting new leaders or starting new groups! Whether you are launching a new small groups ministry at your church or growing an existing one, it can only happen when you… [ Read More ]

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Leading from a Healthy Soul: How to Avoid Ministry Burnout [Podcast]

Q Are you feeling burnt-out as a ministry leader? Q Do you know other ministry leaders who are on the edge of burn-out? If so, you’ve come to the right place… The greatest gift you can give those you lead is your own healthy soul. So often, as pastors and Christian leaders, we get weary… [ Read More ]

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The Nuts & Bolts of Sermon-Based Curriculum for Small Groups [Podcast]

“What will our groups study?” This is a common question in groups ministry and one that is critically important in shaping the dynamics and discipleship process of a group. The sermon based model has been increasingly popular over the past decade and can be a valuable tool to helping groups get into Scripture with one… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Terminology: Reconsidering Common Terms Used in Groups Ministry [Podcast]

Words are powerful. As small group pastors and directors, a critical part of our role is to use words to shape vision, empower, encourage, and connect with people. But, is the terminology you are using in your ministry inadvertently creating barriers, limiting vision, and miscommunicating expectations? Andrew Mason is the Small Groups Pastor at Real Life Church… [ Read More ]

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Women in Leadership: Practical Issues Affecting Both Men and Women in Ministry [Podcast]

What does it take for women to flourish in ministry?  If you or anyone on your team are asking these questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Host Carolyn Taketa interviews Awana CEO and SGN Lobby Conference speaker, Valerie Bell on her insights based on decades of ministry in various leadership settings. This lively conversation addresses… [ Read More ]

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Live from The Lobby Conference: Q&A with Steve Gladen

Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over 7,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. Steve has authored “Small Groups With Purpose,” which has translated into eight languages to date, and “Leading Small Groups With Purpose.” Steve is… [ Read More ]

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Emerging Trends in Small Group Ministry with Mike Mack [Podcast]

Q What are the emerging trends in small group ministry? How are millennials viewing small group ministry? What are wholistic small groups? If you or anyone on your team are asking these questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Mike Mack has been involved in discipleship and small group ministry for more than 25 years, most… [ Read More ]

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STEVE GLADEN: Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known Pt 3 [Podcast]

Three Seasons of Ministry: What I Wish I Had Known Part 3: Sustaining  Steve Gladen has served as the Global Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over 7,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. Steve has authored “Small Groups With Purpose,” which has translated into… [ Read More ]

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The Top 5 Podcasts of 2016

When I was a kid I loved the show MacGyver about a secret agent who saves the day once a week.  In every show Mac, as his friends call him, ended up in some impossible life and death scenario where he used just his smarts, a stick of gum, a bit of wire and his trusty Swiss… [ Read More ]

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