What Does Spiritual Planning Look Like?

image credit: http://creationswap.com/palkomedia There is certainly nothing “unspiritual” about planning.  But, it is very possible to do “unspiritual” planning.  In other words, it is very possible to plan purely from human wisdom and experience and gifting and leave God out of the process. So, what does it look like to make sure my planning is… [ Read More ]

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The need for exponential faith thinking

As a proponent of church health and growth, I’ve come to believe in the necessity ofexponential faith-thinking. To explain this in very practical terms, consider adding a zero to every goal. Do you want to reach 1,000 for Christ in your community? Why not, in faith, set a goal to reach 10,000? Faith means setting… [ 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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Steve’s Tips

With the kids back in school, fall is a great time to reenergize and focus your adult small groups. Why not give them some tips for balancing the biblical purposes?  Fellowship – Find a road map of any state. Not letting the members see which state you have chosen, read the names of obscure towns…. [ 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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Where is your group’s love?

February is a month thought of as the “love” month. More flowers and candy will be sent this month more than any other month, all in the name of “love”. It is a month centered on Valentine’s Day, seen as a holiday about “love”. I proposed to Lisa 24 years ago on Valentine’s Day. We… [ Read More ]

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The time on an elevator could change your small group ministry

You know the drill. You are waiting for an elevator, any elevator. The door opens; you walk in, face the door, press the button and stare at the door. Everyone does the same thing. Comedians have made acts out of the goofy behavior that happens in elevators. Something else also happens. It doesn’t have to… [ Read More ]

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Should your groups go mobile?

Ever wondered if your training, communication, and huddles should go mobile for small groups at your church? If you answered “No,” then take a look at these stats. You may be surprised by just how prevalent mobile media is becoming. Mobile stats Smartphones are expected to increase from 23% of total phone shipments in 2010… [ 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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A Different Kind of Prayer List: Is your church ready for Easter Visitors?

Here are some different prayer tips to help you evaluate your church’s preparedness for new folks who might “connect” with your church after coming Easter Sunday. Image credit: Creative Commons user [F]oxyMoron. This 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… [ Read More ]

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