The DNA of a healthy small group

It’s buzzy to talk about “small group health” these days. Why? Because we all want our groups to be healthy! No matter your system, your approach, your denomination, or the size of your church, you’re aiming for healthy small groups. But there’s no universal definition of a healthy small group, is there? What is a… [ Read More ]

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Group Talk: Small Group Leaders as Shepherds

Should Small Group Leaders be discussion facilitators or should they act as Shepherds?  At The Village Church in north-west Dallas they are all about Shepherds.  Trevor Joy (on Twitter), the Spiritual Formation Pastor, at The Village will be discussing their strategy and intentionality of establishing “Shepherds in the living room” in each of their Small Groups. Trevor says,… [ Read More ]

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Externally Focused Small Groups

If your groups are stuck in a rut, maybe they need a jump-start toward being externally focused. Eric Torrence (on Twitter) and I will be having that discussion at 12 Noon Central Time on Thursday, September 12th.  Eric is the Groups Pastor at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas.  He is resolute to impact the community through community…. [ Read More ]

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Creating a Disciple-Making Environment

So this Small Group Pastor walks into his favorite coffee shop and greets the barista with a ho-hum “give me the usual, Mac.”  As Mac whips up his Sugar-free Double Mocha Decaf Latte on Ice he asks, “What’s bothering you today?” To which the pastor replies “my groups’ ministry is going well, but I’m not sure we… [ Read More ]

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Training new group leaders

We are in the summer grind.  It’s time to be preparing for the fall season of Small Group Life.  One of the most beneficial things you can do today to insure success tomorrow is to equip your Small Group Leaders. And nothing is as effective as a well developed plan. On Wednesday, July 10 at… [ Read More ]

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Are your small groups “missional”?

There is a lot of buzz these days around the term “Missional Communities”. What does that mean? How does it work? Are my groups missional? Should they be? Enter Todd Engstrom (Twitter, Facebook, and Blog), the Executive Pastor of Campuses and Communities at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.  At The Austin Stone, Missional Communities are the… [ Read More ]

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Creating your own in-house curriculum [Podcast]

One of the most frequently asked questions in Small Group Network Huddles is, “What curriculum are you using?”  And rightfully so!  It is important to every Small Group practitioner that their groups are using curriculum that is engaging, yet not superficial; enjoyable, yet transformational and relevant and Biblically based. In today’s global market there are… [ Read More ]

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Six Ways To Find New Small Group Leaders with Mark Howell [Podcast]

Where do I find more Group Leaders? Everyone leading the Small Group charge at their church has asked this question. And it continues to be a challenge for us all. Investigating creative ways to find new Small Group Leaders can open your eyes to new possibilities for you in your ministry. On Monday, November 14,… [ 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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