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 […]


5 Keys to Getting Everyone to Join a Small Group

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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

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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

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Questions

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

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Launch

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 […]


Resources: Son of God – The Life of Jesus In You Study Kit

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Son of God Study Kit

What would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus’ life—temptation, suffering, death, resurrection—to your own? Would you come to know Him more intimately and with a greater understanding of your purpose? Would you embody more completely the mission, love, and mind of Jesus? This DVD small group study, based on producers Mark […]


5 Serious Small Group Ministry Misalignment Signals

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Small Group Misalignment

Does your strategic dashboard light up with flashing warning signals and even alarm bells when you run certain diagnostics?  Or do you find yourself reporting that “everything is fine” even when you find yourself uneasy about what’s really happening? I’ve written about the top 1o signs your small group ministry needs a reboot and a 5 step plan […]


Steve Gladen on the Power of HOST Gatherings

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Saddleback Church

I had a great phone call with Steve Gladen (Saddleback’s Pastor of the Small Group Community) last week, thinking that I’d glean enough to turn around and create an overview of the host rally event.  I was right…I got a ton of great ideas…but there was so much good stuff that I decided to post an […]


5 Blatantly Obvious Truths about Starting New Groups

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Elephant

You know how sometimes there really is an elephant in the room and no one wants to talk about it?  Or if certain people are in the room a kind of code is used to disguise the real topic?  Depending on who’s in the room, the subject of starting new groups can be like that. Don’t believe […]


10 Ways to Know If Your Small Group Ministry Is Gaining Ground

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High Ground

How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground?  What are the signs?  Can it be measured quantitatively?  Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can measure many things quantitatively.  Quantitative measurements like how many groups you have, how many leaders and apprentices you have, and how many people […]


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