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How Saddleback Started 3,000 Groups During COVID-19

How Saddleback Started 3,000 Groups During COVID-19

Rick Warren recently preached a sermon where he mentioned that Saddleback has added 3,000 groups during Covid-19. Saddleback started the year with around 6,000 groups. They now have about 9,000 groups. Wow.
12 Things Not to Say in a Small Group

12 Things Not to Say in a Small Group

I have witnessed these statements wreck the kind of community we’re all striving for in leading a small group.
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Keep People Engaged Online – What’s the Secret?

One question I keep hearing is “How do we keep people engaged online?” The assumption here is that because we’re all stuck at home—and...
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10 Reasons Ministry Isn’t for Wimps

Pastoral care ministry isn't for wimps...so if you still want to be a pastor after reading this, then God has probably called you to shepherd a church!
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10 Best Icebreaker Questions—Great For Christian Small Groups

"Here are my 10 current favorite small group icebreaker questions."
Small Group Leader, You Are a Pastor

Small Group Leader, You Are a Pastor

If you are a small group leader, I have an announcement for you: YOU ARE A PASTOR. In fact, most of the pastors in the early centuries of the church did the same stuff you do as a small group leader.
6 Ways to Use Your Pastor's Sermons for Online Small Groups

6 Ways to Use Your Pastor’s Sermons for Online Small Groups

While there are many different studies available for online Small Groups to use, this is also a great opportunity for you to use your pastor’s sermon, and find ways incorporate it into your Online Small Groups.
6 Tips for Overcoming Virtual Meetings Fatigue

6 Tips for Overcoming Virtual Meetings Fatigue

So, what do we do when our minds and bodies start shutting down from virtual meetings overload? Here are six tips to overcome your Zoom/Hangouts/WebEx/Skype/FaceTime fatigue.
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So You Want to Use Zoom Anyway

Most organizations were a bit unprepared for the increased remote work forced on us by the current pandemic. Churches and ministries are communication-focused, and...
May Our Longing to Gather Grow

May Our Longing to Gather Grow

Our longing to gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ is a gracious reminder that we belong to Him. He has given us this longing. The tears are reminders that His mercy has changed us.
8 Icebreakers for Online Groups

8 Icebreakers for Online Groups

How can you, as a leader, be proactive and set the tone for an engaging meeting? You need icebreakers for online groups. Here are four icebreaker questions and four icebreaker games to get everyone settled in for a great online gathering.
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Zoom or Facetime? Choose Your Video Calling Solution Wisely!

The coronavirus (Covid-19) has many staff working from home, and there are a number of things worth considering as you manage the ‘brand’ of...
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Suddenly, Everybody Has Time for a Small Group

Unless they offer an essential service, suddenly everybody has time for a small group. The #1 excuse people give for not joining a group is that they are too busy or they don’t have enough time for a small group.
7 Lessons Navy Deployments Taught Me About Thriving while Socially Isolated

7 Lessons Each Navy Deployment Taught Me About Thriving While Socially Isolated

With #socialdistancing #quarantine #shelterinplace causing upheaval in all of our lives I have been reflecting on how each Navy deployment gave me skills that help in this current reality. My goal every time I deployed was to come back better than when I left.
Online Small Groups

Video Course: How Online Small Groups Work

In the following video course, you’ll learn why online small groups are valuable to your church, the strategy of online groups, the details of what happens during a typical video group, and more. Watch the course yourself, send it to your group's pastor or key volunteer.
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Should Your Church Have Closed or Open Groups?

“How do you feel about closed or open groups?” This was a recent question I was asked by a church that was in the beginning stages of formulating their church-wide small group model. I smiled because this is a loaded question for several reasons that we will discuss here.
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Small Groups and Social Distancing: Promoting Online Community

With online technology today, it’s easier than ever to host groups online. You get to see faces and hear each other’s voices. This is online community.
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Dominate With Small Groups in 2020

What are your church’s priorities? Do your priorities have anything to do with small groups in 2020? By recognizing the opportunities and creating the right alliances, your church could dominate with small groups in 2020.
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Top 10 Ideas for a Small Group’s Great First Meeting

Any time you’re starting a new small group, a great first meeting is very important.  I include these ideas on a simple handout inside every new leader packet.
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How to Read the Room as a Small Group Leader

It is vital to remember that God is speaking to everyone in our small groups, and that sometimes with everything else we focus on as leaders, we may be the last to notice.
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