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Group Studies

Explore the Bible: Hebrews Studies

22 Jul , 2015  

Explore the Bible Hebrews Studies

The Hebrews study books, from the Explore the Bible series (LifeWay), is a beautifully designed group resource for digging into the Word of God. If you’re looking for a change of pace from the popular video-driven topical curriculum and something that will keep your group focused in scripture, the Hebrews study books might be for […]

Group Studies

Discussing Mere Christianity

14 Jul , 2015  

Discussing Mere Christianity

They did it! They took one of the most beloved Christian classics, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and created video-driven group curriculum to be used alongside of it. This new resource consists of a study guide and DVD that takes a person or group through eight sessions of thought provoking discussion. The videos are hosted […]

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Sustaining Small Groups After Church Wide Campaigns

7 Jul , 2015  

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More than 23,000 churches have taken their people through 40 Days of Purpose with the same consistent result: Across the board, the church’s small group ministry mushrooms after the study. Some churches jump from having a few groups to having many. One church had zero small groups before 40 Days of Purpose, but more than […]

Facilitating,Featured,Group Studies

Dare To Serve by Cheryl Bachelder

16 Jun , 2015  

Dare To Serve by Cheryl Bachelder

In the new leadership book Dare To Serve, Cheryl Bachelder lays out the guiding principles that turned around the Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen restaurant chain. Cheryl Bachelder is not only the CEO of Popeyes, she is also a strong believer in Christ as well. As a result, Dare To Serve also has a companion group study […]

Featured,Multiply,Strategies

Is There A Connection Between Reproducing Groups and Reproducing Churches?

10 Jun , 2015  

Is There A Connection Between Reproducing Groups and Reproducing churches

In their book, Exponential, Dave and Jon Ferguson wrote the following statement, “We’ve coached hundreds of churches that want to reproduce new sites. Without question, the churches that are most successful are those that have, in place, a culture of reproducing small groups.” One of the reasons my church (Real Life Church, Sacramento, CA; Pastors […]

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3 Reasons To Value Conversational Settings

3 Jun , 2015  

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In a content-driven information age culture, people can miss the value of sitting in a circle for the purpose of discussion. Most people don’t want to talk to a group of people or listen attentively to a handful of individuals. Others don’t care for either. Acts 2:42 informs us that the early church was not […]

Books,Featured,SGC Media

Daring Faith by Rick Warren

26 May , 2015  

Daring Faith by Rick Warren

In the first small group video session of the Daring Faith series, Rick Warren make the following statement: “The most daring thing you can do with your life is to live completely for Jesus Christ. Today in America and most of the western world, we have removed all of the danger of following Christ. We […]

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Great time at the 2015 Lobby Conference!

21 May , 2015  

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Last week I suffered in Southern California while I attended the 2015 Lobby Conference. The Lobby Conference, hosted by the Small Group Network, is a gathering of Small Group Pastors and Directors for training, networking and connecting. The concept is based on the fact that most leaders will attend a conference and have some of […]

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Small Groups… The No Spin Zone

11 May , 2015  

Small Groups No Spin Zone

With the 24 hour news cycle politics and politicians are sounding off ad nausea. And when they are sounding off I find myself asking this question… What is the truth? It seems like the news media has teams of people who do nothing but inform us when a candidate is telling the complete truth and […]

Featured,Outreach

Tom Severson on Small Groups for the Homeless

7 May , 2015  

Tom Severson on Small Groups for the Homeless

I’ve been asking the question to myself lately, “What would small groups look like for homeless?” In a recent blog post interviewed Ron Wilbur about how he ministers to the homeless with groups. One church that has had a strong ministry to the homeless is the Elgin (Illinois) Vineyard which is west of Chicago. It […]