Grace Filled Groups

24 May , 2016  

Grace Filled Groups Dean Deguara

I’ve said it many times over the years, but I’m going to make an official statement (drum roll please). Groups provide the best context for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has become the weird uncle at our Sunday church services; so weird that we’ve now excluded our weird uncle from attending […]

Group Studies

The Miracle of Mercy by Rick Warren

19 May , 2016   Video

The Miracle of Mercy by Rick Warren is Saddleback’s newest small group study and church wide campaign resource. This new offering not only draws out the important aspect of “mercy” displayed in God’s character, it also encourages small groups to demonstrate this quality through taking action. Check out these quotes from Rick Warren… “Did you […]


Francis Chan on Community, Mission and Making Disciples

16 May , 2016   Video

In this video, Francis Chan discusses one of the most powerful benefits of being in a healthy small group: Staying on mission. I love this because sometimes I think we over-emphasize the relational benefit of group life in our communications and promotion. Sometimes people show up to a group for the first time and don’t […]


The Why before the What

12 May , 2016  

the why before the what Ben Reed

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 I don’t think it was ever stated, but growing up, I was […]


“Now that’s a Good Question!” by Terry Powell

4 May , 2016  

Now That's A Good Question

In the new updated and expanded version of Now that’s a Good Question,  Dr. Terry Powell gives us a comprehensive and thorough understanding of how to effectively facilitate conversation-driven studies. The sub-title puts a finer point on the book’s aim: How to Lead Quality Bible Discussions.  This book delivers on that promise by arming you […]



The Four-Step Group Discussion Method

29 Apr , 2016  

Four-Step Group Discussion Method

A simple but revolutionary way of doing evangelism and small groups is sweeping the globe. It started in India but it’s rocking the world. In suburbs of San Francisco, slums of South America, and Muslim tribes of Africa, the lost are being won, disciples are being mobilized, and churches are multiplying. It’s called the “Disciple-Making […]


Make More Disciples by Making Less

19 Apr , 2016  

make more disciples

As a small group leader, how many people do you think you can effectively lead, shepherd, and disciple? Eight? Ten? Twelve? Twenty? Let me ask this question another way: If you are to bear much fruit, fruit that will last . . . if you are to see true transformation of people’s lives . . […]

Group Studies

Forty Days of Prayer by Scott Hagan

14 Apr , 2016   Video

Warning! This is a biased review. I am excited to tell you about a new group resource, Forty Days of Prayer, by my own pastor, Scott Hagan. The aim of Forty Days of Prayer is to immerse people in a six-week journey through the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). It’s a powerful tool that we developed […]



Small Group Lessons from GOOGLE?

7 Apr , 2016  

small group lessons from google?

There is new research by Google that reveals profound discoveries about why some work groups thrive and others falter. The findings are fascinating because they provide empirical data from the business world that is relevant for the church, especially for those of us serving in small group ministry. I encourage you to check out the […]


Small Group Connection Events

31 Mar , 2016  

Small Group Tailgate Party

What is your church’s strategy to FILL your small groups with your people? Announcements? Flyers? Sign-ups?  While these can help to get the ball rolling, they rarely generate the momentum needed to move hundreds or thousands of new people into groups. Enter the “Small Group Connection Event.” This is a strategic church wide or mid-size […]