Creating your own in-house curriculum [Podcast]

One of the most frequently asked questions in Small Group Network Huddles is, “What curriculum are you using?”  And rightfully so!  It is important to every Small Group practitioner that their groups are using curriculum that is engaging, yet not superficial; enjoyable, yet transformational and relevant and Biblically based. In today’s global market there are… [ Read More ]

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What is the Secret Sauce for Group Life?

If you answered, “Fun!” you would be correct. According to our guest, Small Groups Pastor Ben Reed, fun is the key element in growing small groups. If that seems too superficial to you, take 25 minutes and listen to the Biblical basis for “fun” and how it fosters the spiritual growth of group members. Ben… [ Read More ]

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Leading Yourself Well So You Don’t Lead Others Astray

Who is the toughest person in the world for you to lead? Yup, it’s you. We all know leading ourselves well is critical to the health of our ministries. Yet, we often neglect taking care of ourselves because we cater to the urgent demands of leading others. So take 30 minutes to invest in your… [ Read More ]

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Are your small groups “missional”?

There is a lot of buzz these days around the term “Missional Communities”. What does that mean? How does it work? Are my groups missional? Should they be? Enter Todd Engstrom (Twitter, Facebook, and Blog), the Executive Pastor of Campuses and Communities at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.  At The Austin Stone, Missional Communities are the… [ Read More ]

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Strategic Planning For 2015

The sage prophet Benjamin Franklin once said “a failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Every day of every year, teams and leaders across the world read that perennial quote in bewilderment, wondering “how did he KNOW?!?” If you’ve ever been there and felt the weight of the failure to plan, this month’s Group… [ Read More ]

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Training new group leaders

We are in the summer grind.  It’s time to be preparing for the fall season of Small Group Life.  One of the most beneficial things you can do today to insure success tomorrow is to equip your Small Group Leaders. And nothing is as effective as a well developed plan. On Wednesday, July 10 at… [ Read More ]

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Do Your Singles Suffer From Second-Class Syndrome?

While most churches are becoming more and more family-centric and focused, there is an increasingly significant segment of the church population who are often underserved and overlooked. The singles. If you’re in need of fresh perspective and strategies for engaging and serving the singles in your church, this Group Talk is  for you! The unfortunate… [ Read More ]

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Creating a Disciple-Making Environment

So this Small Group Pastor walks into his favorite coffee shop and greets the barista with a ho-hum “give me the usual, Mac.”  As Mac whips up his Sugar-free Double Mocha Decaf Latte on Ice he asks, “What’s bothering you today?” To which the pastor replies “my groups’ ministry is going well, but I’m not sure we… [ Read More ]

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Effective Strategies For Training And Developing Leaders

Crucial to any small group strategy is your team’s plan to not just find leaders, but to adequately prepare and equip them for the journey of leadership. But how? And when? And where? And with what?  These are just a few of the million-dollar questions this week’s Group Talk guest, Joe Windham, tackles in a discussion a… [ Read More ]

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