T.E.A.M. [The 4 Attributes of a Small Group Leader]

Leadership development is hard; both in business and in churches. Small group point people across the country are struggling with the same question, “how do I find more leaders?” As our church grows, the need for more groups and group leaders grow as well. It’s easy to simply fill the gap with anyone we can… [ Read More ]

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4 Shared Best Practices of Recruiting Small Group Leaders

I was so fortunate to attend the Small Group Network (SGN) “Lobby Gathering” this past March.  Being together and talking with other small group leaders who get the joy and challenge of creating, encouraging, building and leading small groups on a church campus speaks my love language…connecting people. If you have not been to the… [ Read More ]

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Get “Leading Small Groups with Purpose” e-book for $2.99 May 1-31!

Whether you are a new small group point person, a seasoned leader who feels your small group ministry lacks purpose, or the groups pastor who is itching to move your small group ministry to the next level, Leading Small Groups with Purpose is the road map to follow. Steve Gladen, the global small groups pastor… [ Read More ]

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If You’ve Ever Drunk From a Fire Hose… (My Personal Post-“Lobby” Prayer)

If you’ve ever drunk from a fire hose, you’ve got an idea of what the Lobby Gathering is like. Every year that I’ve been a Small Group Point Person, I’ve gone to the Lobby Gathering. And every year it has easily been three of the most valuable days that I’ve spent networking and learning. But… [ Read More ]

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4 Reasons Your Next Mission Trip Should Start as a Small Group

This last year we hosted our traditional “Mission Trip Interest Meeting” for a trip to Israel, which was little over a year from taking off. This meeting had a little twist to what had been our norm for a few years. This endeavor, spearheaded by a church volunteer, had an increased intentionality behind it. Drew,… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways To Recruit New Leaders

As every new small group season approaches the need for new small group leaders always seems to rise to the surface. Your church may be in a season of growth, you may have had leaders step away, or you may be in the midst of launching a church wide campaign. The fact is, as small… [ Read More ]

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You Will Never Guess What I learned From Panera About Small Groups

On a Saturday afternoon while eating lunch at Panera,  I began to notice a long line forming at the front counter. A friendly high school student behind the register. She smiled and worked hard to get orders in. There was a line of people waiting. I watched as a few more families walked in. It… [ Read More ]

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3 Tips for Goal Oriented Groups in the New Year

1- Ask Questions 2- Reflect on the Good 3- Set Goals to Improve  As the adage says, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”, and I believe that is true. The thing I love about December is that it is a bridge, or a grace period, between the time we are reflecting on what we… [ Read More ]

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I Attend a Church with No Small Groups

So your church doesn’t have a small groups ministry yet? The key word is “yet” and I think you are the person to help get it going. I’m not asking you to launch the entire thing by yourself. I’m suggesting you host one small group to help show the impact a small group ministry could… [ Read More ]

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Not Lame Gift Ideas For Small Group Point People

It’s that time of year where small group point people find themselves on Pinterest and the SGN Facebook Group looking for gift ideas for small group leaders. Free t-shirts are great and all, but it might be time to try something new. Need fresh ideas for what to get your volunteer team this Christmas? Here… [ Read More ]

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