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


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



“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


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)


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


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


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 […]

5 Keys to Getting Everyone to Join a Small Group


Small Group

I get questions…a lot of questions!  When they apply to lots of people, I try to answer them here on the blog!  This is one of those times.  Here’s a question from a reader: How do you motivate people in the pews & leadership to join a group? What are the keys to get everyone […]

Resource: Christians In the Workplace Small Group Study


Christians In the Workplace

Did you know that our work can be worship to God, as well as service to God and others? Work is something we all do, either full-time throughout our adult lives or during various phases of our lives. But the Hebrew word for “work” in the Old Testament also means “worship” and “serve.” Christians in […]

5 Seriously Wrong Questions about Small Group Ministry



I love a great question.  I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them.  See also, Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning. But there are some questions that are absolutely the wrong question and they lead to the wrong answer.  See also, The Right Answer to the […]

Top 10 Ways to Launch New Small Groups



There are many ways to launch new groups.  If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy…you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: Launch a church-wide campaign.  If you want to launch a wave of groups, there is absolutely no better way.  This strategy […]

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