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 […]


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  

conversational settings

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  

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 […]