SGN Interviews: Q&A with Ben Reed

Ben Reed is a Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, where he also serves on the lead team of the international Small Group Network. Ben is the Author of “Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint.” Ben answers the following questions below in this exciting interview… What drew you to small groups… [ Read More ]

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Splash Mountain Small Groups Hosted by Walt Disney

What if Walt Disney was a Small Group Host? This question was bouncing around in my head a few weeks ago as I enjoyed a family vacation to Disneyland! In fact, I started penning this post as I waited in line for over 60 minutes to ride the newly renovated “Hyper Space Mountain!” Tens of… [ Read More ]

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3 Ways to Creatively Communicate with Your Small Group Hosts

Ever feel stuck in a communication rut, wondering if people are actually hearing you? This feeling is actually quite new, ushered in by the world of technology. Believe it or not, there was a time where if you sent something like an invitation or a greeting, you were practically guaranteed the people you wanted to… [ Read More ]

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Get “Leading Small Groups with Purpose” for $1.99 this Week Only!

For the new small group leader, the seasoned leader who feels their small group lacks purpose, or the leader who is itching to move their small group to the next level, Leading Small Groups with Purpose is the road map to follow. Steve Gladen, author of Small Groups with Purpose and pastor of small groups… [ Read More ]

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The 5 secrets of highly effective leader training – from around the world (part quattro)

Secret 4. Train the entire group, not just the leader Most of the time we hinge the success of our small groups on their leaders. But this assumes that all leaders are highly motivated learners that will remember and implement everything we teach them. Secret number 4 actually implements a better way. Rather than relying… [ Read More ]

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5 Paradigm Shifts For Small Group Ministry

(CC Image • Courtesy of Nicholas Eckhart on Flicker) While the phrase “Paradigm shift” may be used and heard a lot today, the actual occurrence of one is still a rare sight. A paradigm shift can be defined as a dramatic change by members of a group or community in the cognitive framework of basic… [ Read More ]

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PDC 2016 – New Hope for Your Church

NEW HOPE FOR YOUR CHURCH For the first time in nearly a decade, the Purpose Driven Conference returns with new material, new tools, and new hope for your church. This conference is a unique and comprehensive learning experience that will be the catalytic force of renewal for you, your entire church, and the community around… [ Read More ]

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Wanted: Authentic Community By Judy Colegrove

Small groups are all about leading people into a deeper relationship with Christ and with one another. But what if your group members haven’t really connected?  How can you help them to move past superficial relationships and only showing up when it’s convenient, into a deeply committed, love relationship with Christ and one another? It… [ Read More ]

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Summer Small Groups By Will Johnston

Summer small groups.  They’re almost an oxymoron.  Summer is when the kids are out of school and vacations are taken.  Small group attendance goes way down, and many groups take a break.  Let’s be honest, I’m a small group pastor, and I’d much rather spend time outside than sit inside in a small group.  … [ Read More ]

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Using MailChimp Automation to Better Care for Groups By Jay Kranda

I’m always looking for ways to better care for people on a scalable level. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to somebody when they cross your path. If someone calls me and wants to get coffee then we get coffee, but that strategy isn’t scalable. Getting coffee with one host… [ Read More ]

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