Two Key Qualities of Leaders in Ministry By Jay Daniell

Whether identifying a new Pastor, a new Ministry Leader or a new Small Group Leader, I have found two key ingredients necessary for success. Please don’t misunderstand; many variables come into play when identifying specific ministry leadership roles. But, if leadership candidates do not meet these two criteria, their leadership is doomed before they begin…. [ Read More ]

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Creating the Conditions for Growing Groups By Andrew Mason

How important is it to see growing small groups in our churches? Christian Schwarz spearheaded a research project called Natural Church Development. The research center in Germany now has more than 20 million pieces of data about why churches grow and don’t grow. Schwarz says, “If we were to identify any one principle as the… [ Read More ]

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What Do Small Groups Have in Common with Football? [Podcast]

Building a team. Developing a playbook. Identifying wins. All fundamentals of any effective football team. But would you believe they’re also some of the same foundational principles that will greatly determine success in small group ministry?   In this month’s Group Talk, Carolyn Taketa talks with Small Group Network Founder, Steve Gladen, about the core… [ Read More ]

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Lead with Questions and Avoid Those Awkward Moments by Matt Graybill

Awkward conversations are the worst. I remember the first time I struck up enough courage to call a girl I liked on the phone. I am pretty sure I said hello and then waited a minute for her to say something. Sometimes small groups and leading small groups can be as awkward as a middle… [ Read More ]

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5 Ways To Keep Small Group Leaders Encouraged And Engaged by Jon Noto

Small group leaders are great people, but just like the best of us they can become distracted, discouraged, or disconnected. Below are five great ways for you to help leaders catch the vision and know that no one leads alone. Send a book A friend of mine is known for saying, “leaders are learners and… [ Read More ]

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8 Expert Tips to Have the Best Huddle by Laura Copeland

We asked some of our top small group experts to share their best tips on how to host a successful gathering of small group point people.  They definitely delivered!  Use a few of these next time you’re planning a huddle! BRING YOUR BEST AND WORST “Have everyone that’s coming bring the best idea that’s shaping… [ Read More ]

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Distinctly Christian Leadership: “Learning” Part 2 By Dave Alford

Developing leaders for our ministries must begin with training our people to learn because learning provides the fuel for leadership. In my last post I described how this learning must be more than just head knowledge. It’s got to involve the heart, hands, and mouth as well. As we show people how to learn this… [ Read More ]

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5 Reasons to Attend The Lobby

Why you should attend The Lobby. There are lots of great church conferences to attend. At each, the participants sit under the teaching of the “Expert in the room”. Great info is dispensed by great presenters. So, how is the Lobby different? Every participant has an equal voice. We believe that real life practitioners are… [ Read More ]

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