Great time at the 2015 Lobby Conference!

21 May , 2015  

2015 Lobby - Eating

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


12 Tips for a Successful Campaign

13 Apr , 2015  

12 Tips For Successful Campaigns

Having lived through over 10 campaigns in my 17 years as Small-Group Pastor here at Saddleback, I have discovered that a strategy is only as good as the foundation and follow-through that surrounds it. As they say, the devil is in the details. That’s why our Saddleback Church Campaigns come with full instructions on how […]


Life Is _______ by Judah Smith

6 Apr , 2015  

Life Is _____ by Judah Smith

“Life Is _____.” by Judah Smith compels you to look only to Jesus as the way to live life to the fullest. In a fun, creative and personal delivery, the author eliminates all the other options on the table that we can get distracted with. With self-deprecating humor, stories and scriptural insight, Pastor Judah’s voice […]

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2000 Years of Small Groups by Joel Comiskey

2 Apr , 2015  

2000 Years of Small Groups - Joel Comiskey

Joel Comiskey’s newest book is “2000 Years of Small Groups: A History of Cell Ministry in the Church.” This book takes us beyond the timeline of the New Testament and documents how influential church movements have expressed the “house to house” ministry described in the Book of Acts. These “Chronicles of Koinonia” take us as […]



Create A Disicple-Making System in Your Church

30 Mar , 2015  

create a disciple-making system in your church

Four years ago I faced the brutal facts about disciple-making in our church. We were adding new groups. We were even making disciples. However, we had failed to create a disciple-making system that made reproducing disciples. Hundreds of reproducing leaders have been developed since that painful moment. Our disciple-making movement is growing exponentially without any […]


What Should We Study Next?

26 Mar , 2015  

What Should We Study Next

If you’ve been in a small group for more than a few months, you’ve probably heard the question, perhaps many times: “What are we going to study next?” It’s usually asked as you turn to the last lesson in your current study guide. This question tells a lot about your group. Here are a few […]


Review: Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus

23 Mar , 2015  

Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus - Boren

M. Scott Boren’s new book, “Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus,” is an essential addition to your small group library! I read and write a lot on the topics of small groups, discipleship, community and spiritual formation. I’m also in the trenches on a daily basis of applying these concepts within the local […]



Ron Wilbur on Small Groups for the Homeless

16 Mar , 2015  

Small Groups for the Homeless

I’m asking the question right now, “What does it look like to minister to the homeless through small groups?” To assist in exploring this topic, I interviewed Ron Wilbur, pastor of small group health at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. Here are 7 questions and answers about Small Groups for the homeless… 1. Ron, […]