Capturing Stories in 5 Easy Steps

I have a  few stories I’d love to share with you. Stories like Josue, who said, “Small groups have been God’s way of working in my life on the theme of building community and restoring real community and relationships in my life.” Or Nicole who said, “Small groups for me are like family.” These aren’t… [ Read More ]

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How to Create Small Group Curriculum with the Content You Already Have

By Kevin Lee / Online Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church If I have to pick a single factor for Saddleback’s small group growth, it would be the H.O.S.T. strategy. This strategy allows for a person with minimal knowledge of the Bible to lead a very purposeful small group discussion. If you don’t know about… [ Read More ]

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5 Best Practices for Short-Term Community Over the Summer

For those of us who are headed into summer season, this post is for you. If you aren’t approaching that season yet, file this post to read at a later time!  Summer can be a challenging, yet deep time for community, can’t it? I mean I live in this tension over the summer between slowing… [ Read More ]

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3 Creative Opportunites for Launching New Small Groups

If you were to take a snapshot of my google searches over the last little while you would notice a common theme. ‘How to sew a zipper into a purse.’ I have been making some purses to give away as gifts and I wanted to know how to sew in a zipper. Interestingly, once I… [ Read More ]

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Why Every Small Group Point Person Should Attend “Accelerate!”

We all enter into ministry for a variety of reasons. For me, I love seeing people grow spiritually through a rich experience of biblical community. I have been blessed with incredible community, experiencing firsthand how transformative small group Christian community can and should be. I want to shepherd people into that experience. That last sentence… [ Read More ]

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3 Keys to Casting Small Group Vision to your Senior Pastor

“You are not the lead Small Groups person at your church, your Senior Pastor is the lead Small Groups person at your church.”- Steve Gladden This statement brings clarity to the reality that the voice that carries the biggest weight in any church is that of the Senior Pastor. And this applies in small group… [ Read More ]

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5 Essentials in Promoting Small Groups via Media

As Small Group Point People, we are all constantly looking to engage the people around us. One commonality point people share is that we understand that we are better together. I know that I am constantly looking into how to grow our groups’ impact and how we can best help new people realize their purpose… [ Read More ]

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4 Not-To-Miss Steps for New Small Group Point People (Video)

I was recruited to lead the groups ministry of a growing multi-site church less than two years ago. This was after being a student pastor since the year Mulan came out in the movie theater (that’s code for a long time ago). This was new territory for me. As I look back on these last… [ Read More ]

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Building a Healthy Team of Small Group Leaders

How does a small group point person become a leader of leaders? Each small group point person faces the challenge of building a group of leaders who are gifted, willing and able to be part of their small group ministry. This challenge isn’t always straightforward; great small group leaders don’t always appear at your doorstep!… [ Read More ]

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5 Themes for Developing a Church-Wide Small Group Culture

At the 2018 SoCal “Lobby Gathering” a few weeks ago (Register for 2019), I had the privilege of leading a conversation on developing a church-wide small group culture. It was great to sit with other small group point people, and listen to where they are in the process, but more specifically, what was working and… [ Read More ]

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