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10 Pitfalls of Small Group Ministry

10 Pitfalls of Small Group Ministry

Posted by | Jul 14, 2014

“We tried small groups and they didn’t work.” This is a common confession I receive from a church staff member. The leaders who are least interested in hearing about small group ministry are those who have previously implemented them with lackluster results. It’s when I dig a little deeper though that I can begin to pinpoint...

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Launching a Church Wide Campaign with a Family Night

Launching a Church Wide Campaign with a Family Night

Posted by | Jul 10, 2014

If you’re looking to get your small groups ministry to achieve lift off, I would highly recommend you consider using a Family Night to get things rolling. As the pastor over small groups at Real Life Church in Sacramento, led by Pastors Scott and Karen Hagan, we recently held a Family Night to introduce our upcoming church wide...

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Where Can I Find Small Group Bible Studies?

Where Can I Find Small Group Bible Studies?

Posted by | Jun 30, 2014

What should our small groups study? Where can we find good small group Bible studies? These are questions I frequently get asked at Small Group workshops and in conversations with pastors. Before I share some quick links and resources, allow me to share with you a few things to consider. First off, it’s a best practice to...

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Ed Stetzer: Proximity vs. Community

Ed Stetzer: Proximity vs. Community

Posted by | Jun 25, 2014

Is there a difference between sitting close to somebody in church and being in community with somebody in church? What is the significance of moving people towards being in community with each other? What is the most practical expression of believers living in community together? Ed Stetzer talks about all these important questions...

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10 Stupid Things That Keep Your Small Group from Growing

10 Stupid Things That Keep Your Small Group from Growing

Posted by | Jun 23, 2014

Geoff Surratt, director of Exponential, wrote a book titled Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing. Great title, so I, ummm, borrowed it. 1. Consuming. Groups who focus all their attention on themselves grow … fat. But they don’t grow up. They are consumer groups who, like Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and...

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11 Ways To Value Children and Small Groups

11 Ways To Value Children and Small Groups

Posted by | Jun 16, 2014

One of the most common excuses I hear from people for not being able to attend or host a small group is, “I don’t know what to do with my children.” This particular issue, although it requires a little bit of thought, should not be used as excuse to disengage from small group community. Biblical disciples are formed in...

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Mike Foster Brings Freedom to Small Groups

Mike Foster Brings Freedom to Small Groups

Posted by | Jun 05, 2014

“Do you know of any good small studies out there?”  I constantly hear this question from small group point people. If you’re looking for something new, creative and engaging, you don’t want to miss this SGC Hangout! In our latest installment, we talk with Mike Foster of People of the Second Chance. Formerly...

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6 Small Group Lessons from the Early Church

6 Small Group Lessons from the Early Church

Posted by | Jun 02, 2014

In my mid-20′s, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to begin a degree in New Testament studies and work under the direction of Gordon Fee, the author of the some of the best commentaries from the last fifty years. I had been working for a TOUCH Outreach Ministries, which promoted the Cell Church model and encouraged...

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