20 Small Group Quotes from “The Lobby” 2016 By Derek Olson

The largest global network of small group ministry leaders, the “Small Group Network,” annually hosts “The Lobby” small group conference in Southern California. Here are the top 20 quotes I’ve heard so far this week… Small group ministry is more of an art than a science. – Steve Gladen Leaders gather, coaches pursue. Craft strategic questions… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways to Celebrate Easter as a Small Group By Laura Copeland

Fellowship: Wake up extra early and  meet to watch the sunrise (you should also read the resurrection account in John 20), then grab coffee and breakfast together.   Discipleship: Host a Passover Seder and learn the rich historical background behind Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples.  Find detailed instructions HERE.   Ministry: Volunteer together with… [ Read More ]

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Merry Christmas – Now Get Out of My Way By Jon Noto

It was December a couple years ago. We had just moved into our first house and had a newborn at home. I was working in full-time ministry and had a part-time job on the side. It was a snowy weeknight and I had just finished a holiday-themed event for job number 2. The text message… [ Read More ]

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An Ever-Widening View of Koinonia By Andrew Camp

My small group is starting a study on Philippians, and I have recently been reading Paul’s effusive praise of the Philippian church. What especially struck and challenged me is the cause of Paul’s gratitude toward the church—namely, their “participation in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:5). What I had not realized… [ Read More ]

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Staying on Course By Jon Noto

If you are leading a small groups ministry, odds are you don’t have a problem dreaming big. A compelling vision of where we want our church or ministry to be is what keeps us invested when our day-to-day work can feel like herding cats! The challenge arises when we start looking at just how we… [ Read More ]

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Replenish Your Soul: Noise Canceling Headphones for the Soul

I was flying from Charlotte to San Francisco. Two rambunctious children were in my row. Their parents, up in first class, sipped wine while I babysat in the cheap seats. To make matters worse, across the aisle was a toddler who cried for the first two thousand miles. This trip had stress and frustration written… [ Read More ]

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Making a good thing better

How do you make a good thing better? How do you use creativity and technology to solve problems?  image credit: CreationSwap user Cody Jensen Know what you’re good at. Many people are trying to be all things to all people. You can’t really accomplish that goal. And you won’t really find a client base that… [ Read More ]

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