10 Things Churches can Learn from the Apple Store

What follows below is a post from Guy Kawasaki who was for many years a “chief evangelist” for all things Apple and who continues to write about excellence in design, marketing, innovation, and retail. In this piece he summarizes some key insights from a book about the phenomenal retail success of the Apple store. As… [ Read More ]

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Small group promo video

If you’re looking to get new folks connected in small groups, this could be a great video for you to show. And the creators of the video have made it available, in editable form, for free! (links below) Happy video-sharing! To download this video, see below. Download the QuickTime format (.H264) – 320×240 – 11MB Download… [ Read More ]

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Replenish Your Soul: What Kind of Old Person Do I Want to Be?

What kind of old person do you want to be? It’s a question you never think about in your twenties, rarely in your thirties, and only occasionally in your forties. But at least in my case hitting the big five-zero caused me to ponder this question with great frequency. Turning fifty flipped an inner switch;… [ Read More ]

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Growing to maturity

When it comes to launching successful groups, having a plan is essential. And part of success must be viewed as creating spiritual maturity. It’s unfortunate, but many churches assume that spiritual maturity happens automatically, so they have no real plan for helping their members grow in Christ. That’s why I encourage churches to be purpose… [ Read More ]

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Tossed, Tumbled and Still Trusting: A study in the Book of Ruth

This month we are featuring a study for women based on the Book of Ruth and Saddleback’s exciting new 40 Days in the Word. Can you image how you would react if you lost everything; your spouse, home, comfort, security, and children? These are the very situations God allowed into the lives of two prominent… [ Read More ]

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The ‘easy’ prison guard of our souls & small group ministries

Ah…freedom. As I write article I am sitting in a Starbuck’s at 7 a.m., which in itself doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary. Factor in now that I am not a morning person, it is my day off, I was up late, and being here is not my choice…I am a prisoner! To what?… [ Read More ]

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7 tips for connecting new members

This past weekend I went to a Home Improvement store. I needed help from two different departments on two issues I had in my home. As I walked into the spacious warehouse, lost at where to go, I started my quest to find the right person to help me buy the right product to end… [ Read More ]

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Can you really

Over the years I have led worship for many small groups. I love it!. Almost every small group I have led worship for has been grateful for the music as if they had a deep hunger to worship together in their intimate setting.  One thing I have found in common with vibrant Small Groups is… [ Read More ]

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The most embarrassing gap in my leadership

I really didn’t want to write this article. But I know you can’t talk about spiritual health without talking about this topic. In the past, when I preached about it or wrote about it, I always felt a gnawing inadequacy. If you were to chart my ministry and spiritual journey, there would be large gaps… [ Read More ]

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