Activities

One Day Groups Gathering with Scott Boren

25 Jan , 2018  

small groups

This past weekend I had the pleasure and honor of hosting the One Day Groups Gathering event with author and consultant, Scott Boren, as the Keynote Speaker. There was an amazing download of content shared throughout the day and I wanted to share a quick snapshot through a handful of quotes. We had group leaders […]

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Activities

Overcoming Offense at the Table

28 Nov , 2016  

Overcoming Offense at the Table

Jesus stated that one of the signs of the end times would be the exponential increase of “offense.” Not only can this poison unbelievers, it also threatens the health of the church as well. If Christ-followers aren’t knitted together in the opposite fashion of worldly individualism, they too will be ill equipped to navigate the […]

Activities,Discipling

The Disgrace of Segregated Small Groups

21 Jul , 2016  

Small groups can either divide us or bring reconciliation. We can’t deny that a level of racial divide exists in the U.S. (still) today. I’m not pointing fingers for who is responsible for this and I hope you don’t either. But I want to move beyond that fact and look at the state of our […]

Activities,Featured,Strategies

Switchin’ It Up with Summer Groups

16 Jun , 2016  

switchin it up with summer groups

Last month we launched our summer term of small groups & have seen hundreds of un-connected people get connected into community! We’ve seen new friendships being made, families growing deeper in faith & lots of fun being had! We’ve seen many new leaders rise up to use their God-given gifts in leading & facilitating these groups! Praise […]

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Activities,Strategies

Online Groups at the 2016 Lobby Gathering

16 Mar , 2016  

The Lobby 2016

I spent last week at the 2016 Lobby Gathering, hosted by the Small Group Network. It’s a fantastic week in Southern California at the Rancho Capistrano Retreat Center learning about small groups, connecting with good friends and networking with leaders. It’s not your typical conference either, in that, there are built-in times for people to […]

Activities,Outreach

7 Ways Your Group Can Celebrate the Holidays

16 Nov , 2015  

7 Ways Your Group Can Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are coming. What is your small group’s plan? NOW is the time to start planning! Many groups struggle with meeting and studying over the holidays, and this can be detrimental to the health of your group. Not only that, but this is a prime time of the year to help your group members grow […]

Activities,Featured

10 Stupid Things That Keep Your Small Group from Growing

23 Jun , 2014  

10 stupid things that are keeping your small group from growing

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 the […]

Activities,Featured

Why Your Small Group Needs To Get “Outed”

3 Feb , 2014  

Why Your Small Group Needs To Get Outed

God desires to pour out His Spirit out on your small group! He is ready for your small group to see lives transformed and changed! His will is that people who attend your group meetings would encounter an undeniable sense of His Presence in your midst (Matt. 18:20)! He desires for your small group to […]

Activities,Featured

Making A Difference

13 Jan , 2014  

Making An Impact

Mike and Trish asked their small group what they could do as a group to serve together. The group decided that they wanted to help a mother and her daughter. The mom was a single mother with a 7 year old daughter who had attended the group a few times (she wasn’t there during this […]

Activities,Featured

Decision Point: Will Your Group Choose Maintenance or Mission?

8 Jan , 2014  

Small Group Decision Points

Years ago when I worked in downtown Cincinnati, a newspaper called “The Downtowner” interviewed people for a feature they called Miss or Mr. Downtowner. One of the questions for a particular Miss Downtowner was, “What is one thing you’d most like to see?” “More homeless shelters,” responded Miss Downtowner. Later in the interview she was […]