How to Meet the Emotional Needs of Small Group Members

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Sadness

Small Groups can meet some of our basic emotional needs. Everyone needs to feel that they belong. This is a high value among Small Groups. The Bible teaches us, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who […]


Resources: The Song + Small Group Study

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City on a Hill The Song Resources

Megachurch pastor Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church and City on a Hill Studio are on a mission to “Awaken Love” and reclaim the original vision of what God intended marriage to be through the national theatrical release of THE SONG film and accompanying resources. “In our culture we are constantly hearing about love, sex, and marriage. […]


The Seven Biggest Problems Facing Small Group Pastors

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Broken Pipe

What are the problems you face?  I’ve been at this a long time.  I’ve pretty much seen it all.  Here’s my list: The 7 biggest problems facing small group pastors: A senior pastor who is reluctant or ineffective as small group champion.  This may be the most under-the-radar problem facing small group pastors.  After all, […]


5 Dangerous Myths about Church-Wide Campaigns

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Groups

There are definitely ways that church-wide campaigns miss the mark and there are keys to avoiding a church-wide campaign disaster.  There are certain things you need to do to have a great church-wide campaign. See also, Top 10 Ways Church-Wide Campaigns Miss the Mark, 5 Keys to Avoiding a Church-Wide Campaign Disaster and 10 Simple Steps to a Great Church-Wide Campaign. 5 Dangerous Myths […]


10 of the Most Overused Small Group Ministry Buzzwords

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Words

Ever heard someone use a word or a phrase and there was something about the way they said it that made you realize…they didn’t know what it meant?  I remember when a friend of mine kept talking about the long tail (a business term) and ecosystem (or some other buzzword, I don’t remember) and it was so obvious to […]


You Know You Have the Right Small Group System When…

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Gears

How do you know you have chosen the right small group system?  Can you know?  I think you probably can. While there are at least half a dozen different small group systems, none of them areproblem-free.  Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.  See also, How to Choose a Small Group System or Model. So…how […]


Five Ways to Have Transformational Small Groups

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Healthy Small Group

Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what’s really amazing is that we’re actually larger when we’re smaller. We’re larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, we had over 25,000 people gathering on our campuses in southern California for weekend worship services, but there were about 35,000 who […]


5 Small Group Ministry Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

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Shortcut

Ever had this happen?  You’re doing a repetitive task the same way you’ve been doing it for years and then someone sees what you’re doing and tells you an easier way. Or how about this, you’re driving somewhere you’ve been a million times and someone in the backseat says, “Did you know that there’s a much […]


5 Essential Ingredients of Groups that Make Disciples

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Small Groups

Yesterday I asked the question, “What have you designed your groups to make?”  Answering my own question, I said, “Our small groups are designed to make followers of Jesus.”  And I must admit that my answer begs the question, “what kind of group will make disciples or followers of Jesus?”  See also, What Have You Designed Your Groups […]


New Small Group Study: Romans 8, by Tom Holladay

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Romans 8

Take a journey together with your small group to greater faith! If you’ve ever had feelings like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m never going to change,” or “Life is too hard,” Romans eight is the chapter for you! Pastor Tom Holladay taught this video series beginning at the bottom and moving to the top of […]


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