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 […]


5 Things to Do In June to Maximize Small Groups This Fall

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Coach for Group

You can’t wait until the end of the summer to prepare for the fall ministry season.  Have you figured this out yet?  Most likely you’re on to this fact of life…but even if you are, you might need an idea or two about how to prepare and what to focus on.  See also, What To […]


5 Common Mistakes of Rookie Small Group Pastors

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Rookie

“That was a rookie mistake.” Ever heard that? Ever said it to yourself? Probably all of us have been there and done that. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes of rookie small group pastors: Trying to take care of too many small group leaders. This is a very common mistake and reflects a […]


5 Simple Small Group Ministry Moves with Exponential Payoffs

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Exponential Growth

Sometimes we know we need to make changes in our strategy, but we remain stuck because we’re focusing on the wrong variable. Here are 5 simple small group ministry moves with exponential payoffs: Clarify and simplify your “leader” requirements.  What is in your current “leader” requirements that might be keeping the very first step into […]


The Latest on Church-Wide Campaigns (2014)

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What On Earth?

Saddleback released the 40 Days of Purpose church-wide campaign in 2002.  Although they had previously launched internal spiritual growth campaigns, this one really was a just-add-water option.  Of course, in 2002 it really was just about the only option. Today, there are lots of options and there are more all the time.  I’ve reviewed many of them […]


Why “New” Works So Well

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Fresh New Growth

Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium, or small) church…leading a youth group…overseeing a music ministry…or involved with any other aspect of a church in which you believe God desires growth, it is just about guaranteed. Here it is: New Units = New Growth It’s […]


The First 7 Questions I Ask When Evaluating a Small Group Ministry

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Healthy Small Group

I get a steady stream of emails asking for help with small group ministries.  I also find myself sitting down with small group pastors and senior pastors when I’m at conferences (or when ministry teams stop in to see me in Vegas). It’s fun and I love the opportunity to help.  But I thought it […]


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