How a Fire Pit Revolutionized My Coaching Strategy

No matter how many groups you have, what group model you use, or what part of the world you are in, one thing is true in all of our ministries: group leaders need coaching! Throughout my time hanging around the Small Group Network in our local huddle and at the Lobby Gathering, I’ve noticed that… [ Read More ]

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How to Prevent Small Group Meltdowns

I worked in construction one summer break when I was in high school. It was hard work, I got a great tan, and I was sporting some serious muscles when school started up again. But I also learned a valuable lesson, called “measure twice, cut once.” While this lesson was about cutting wood, the universal principle was that… [ Read More ]

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Memorable Lines from Rick Warren at the 2017 So Cal Lobby Gathering

There is no small church in God’s eyes… no matter what size the plane is, the pilot always takes it just as seriously. Big isn’t better. Small isn’t better. Better is better. Healthy is better. Growing churches require growing leaders. I don’t worry about growing the church, I worry about growing me. What most Senior… [ Read More ]

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The Best Recipe Ever!

The Best Recipe Ever? Ingredients for successful leader’s meetings. My family migrated to Australia from England when I was 7 years old. Some of my most powerful memories of England were connected to my Nana. She was a fun, warm lady who loved to bake.  One treat she used to bake was simply called ‘crunch’. I… [ Read More ]

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Why Should I Care so Much About Small Group’s Infrastructure?

Infrastructure: ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər/ noun the physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a community, society, or organization. When we think of “infrastructure,” we may think of things like roads, pipes for water, sidewalks, and power lines. These are the structures needed to bring people and power to an area, like your house. Without infrastructure,… [ Read More ]

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Boy…That Escalated Quickly!

If there is one thing we can all agree on when it comes to doing life together, it’s this fact, conflict will happen. But what do we do as a small group leader when there is that one constant prickly pear in the group? The one person who always seems upset about everything. Their Facebook… [ Read More ]

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Five Fun Ice-Breakers from Across the Globe

The time has come and you are hosting that first small group gathering, or group leader training.  You wonder how to get everyone talking, or a way to “break the ice.”  Well, wonder no more, we have got you covered.  My name is Matt Wray, and I am the Small Groups director at Hillside Chapel,… [ Read More ]

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ReThinking Our Goals

Goals typically beat us. We don’t beat them. Though Matt Cutts isn’t a small groups pastor, the principles he shares are applicable to us in the small groups world. When it comes to achieving our goals, we should start thinking bite-sized, not elephant-sized meals. Want to launch some new groups in 2013? Do a 30… [ Read More ]

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The Twelve, an Interview

The Twelve Conference, for small group point people, is happening soon! Click HERE to register now, for you and your leadership team! Questions? Lineup of speakers? Here’s an interview with Ron Wilbur, one of the conference architects. *Update I asked Ron to further describe what the experience is going to be like, and this is what… [ Read More ]

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Malcolm Gladwell

Every once in a while, we at the Small Group Network stumble upon a TED talk that we can’t help but share with you. To get the most out of this as it relates to you, and your leadership role, you might have to do a little listening. A little digging. And a little *gasp*… [ Read More ]

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