25 Small Group Quotes from “The Lobby” SoCal 2017

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 25 quotes from this amazing week… People join a small group for content, but they stay for the relationships. – Rick Warren You can’t microwave a great small group… [ Read More ]

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Keep Your Eye On The Prize

When Huddle leaders around the world were asked for their most profound small groups learning last year, one pastor in Europe got straight to the point: “It is not numbers and growth but health and balance of purposes that makes the difference in the life of small group ministry. It was the greatest discovery I found… [ Read More ]

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Time For a Physical…

80-120… 120-140… To most people, these numbers don’t mean much, but to me, as a Type 2 Diabetic they mean everything. 80-120 is the normal range my blood sugar level (BSL) should be, and 120-140 is the range my BSL should be after a meal. I have to test my blood sugar levels multiple times… [ Read More ]

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Overcoming Offense at the Table

Jesus stated that one of the signs of the end times would be the exponential increase of “offense.” Not only can this poison unbelievers, it also threatens the health of the church as well. If Christ-followers aren’t knitted together in the opposite fashion of worldly individualism, they too will be ill equipped to navigate the… [ Read More ]

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Small Group Leadership Essentials with Carolyn Taketa

Q Do you need some encouragement, fresh strategies and practical advice as a small group point person? If your answer is “Yes,” then you’ve come to the right place! Carolyn Taketa is the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in West Lake Village, CA. She is the author for such publishers as “Christianity… [ Read More ]

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4 Benefits of Planned Breaks

Genesis 2:3 (NKJV) says, “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” If the Eternal Creator of the Universe rested from work then we, finite human beings, should make sure we rest as well. I believe the same is… [ Read More ]

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Top 10 Bible Verses for Small Groups

Part of the reason I feel called to small group ministry, and why I’ve made it my life mission to build healthy small group communities where I know life change happens, is because I’ve seen it work. I’ve seen first-hand the work that a healthy community does in a person’s and a family’s life. It’s… [ Read More ]

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Dealing with Disappointment in Community

Last month, I wrote a blog about Bonhoeffer’s challenge to us about not approaching community with our list of demands, but rather to enter into community as thankful recipients of what God has already done. But even when we do not demand our vision for community but gratefully receive where God has placed us and… [ Read More ]

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7 Motivations For Making Disciples

As an individual, I have a laser beam focus on discipleship. I’m a consistent practitioner. I’m constantly evaluating effectiveness and brainstorming strategies. I speak and teach about it. I love to write about it. In case you didn’t know I also blog about it. I was speaking at a church recently and had a friend… [ Read More ]

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Groups Where Grace is in Place

By Dr. Bill Donahue “It was my first time attending the group meeting, but I have to admit it, it felt more like a job interview. I was thinking, ‘Do these people like me? Do I like them? What if they really knew me? Would they invite me back? Would I trust my secrets to… [ Read More ]

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