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What to do if Someone in Your Small Group Dies

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry as we come out of covid by attending our Accelerate! Arizona small group workshop with Steve Gladen October 6-7 in Phoenix! Get $70 off the current registration price by using code AZ70 (code good through Sept 8th) The longer you are involved in small groups […]

3 Keys to Ease Your Members back into Small Groups

Presenting our new online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion questionsAn official Small Group Network completion certificateA special gift to help further your Small Group Ministry Learn more by watching the free course introduction […]

Online vs. In-Person: 5 Group Options for COVID Re-Entry

This is the course I wish I would have had 35 years ago when I started small group ministry.” – Steve Gladen Presenting our new online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion questionsAn official Small […]

3 Keys to Revisit Your Church’s Vision for 2020

“This is the course I wish I would have had 35 years ago when I started small group ministry.” – Steve Gladen Presenting our new online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion questionsAn official Small […]

4 To Do’s When You Feel Like Quitting

“This is the course I wish I would have had 35 years ago when I started small group ministry.” – Steve Gladen Presenting our new online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion questionsAn official Small […]

Should Groups Take a Summer Break this Year?

“This is the course I wish I would have had 35 years ago when I started small group ministry.” – Steve Gladen Presenting our new online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion questionsAn official Small […]

7 COVID Re-entry Musts for the Small Group Point Person [Podcast]

“This is the course I wish I would have had 35 years ago when I started small group ministry.” – Steve Gladen Presenting our first ever online training course – “Align!” Align will help you learn the small group ministry essentials. It features… 8 HD video session taught by Steve Gladen A downloadable workbookLesson discussion […]

4 Easy Ways to Fight Zoom Fatigue

I’m sure we all have Zoom fatigue at this point! If you don’t know what I’m taking about, you probably will soon. What may only be around 9 weeks of shelter in place but to some it can feel more like 90 weeks. We are all spending large amounts of time on Zoom in order […]

The First Thing I Will Say to My Small Group Members When We Meet Again

Create your free Small Group Network account today! It is increasingly clear to me that there is a potential conflict looming. I am going to do all I can to avoid it. My group has some pretty opinionated folks who are prone to thinking that they are right and everybody else is wrong. I am […]

4 One-Another’s to Promote Unity in Your Groups Ministry

Create your Free Small Group Network Account Today! As churches begin to mobilize for re-entry after COVID-19, we as Small Group Point People should consider how we can promote unity throughout our small group ministries. Most of us are familiar with the 59 or so “one-another’s” recorded in the Bible. They are commands for us […]

7 Springs to Keep in Your Step During Covid-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your […]

How to Cast Vision for Small Groups During Quarantine

Create your Free Small Group Network Account Today! In this short 2 minute video clip, Rick Warren of Saddleback church models how easy it is for Lead Pastors and Small Group Point People to cast vision for small groups during times of quarantine.

Online Small Group Discussion Template

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! An online small group meeting is a different experience compared to a face-to-face small group meeting. Thanks to technology innovations, people can still meet despite limitations with time and space, but it should not be approached exactly the same as an in-person group meeting. While many aspects of facilitating […]

7 Ways Your Group Can Thrive During Covid-19

Rick Warren shared recently that as of the January 1 of this year, Saddleback had about 6,000 groups. Now they have 9,000.

What’s Your Vision Coming Out of COVID-19

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Vision is your dream. Where do you want your ministry to go? What is your big picture of the future? The “why” always determines how long people will stay in Small Group Ministry. As you start a new ministry or accelerate an existing ministry, you likely have a long list […]

10 Commandments for Your Small Groups During Covid-19

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your […]

Is Your Group Tired of Talking About COVID-19?

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! This season has been exhausting for many reasons. Many of us in the ministry world are not only working remotely, but also teaching our kids while in a seemingly endless cycle of cleaning a constantly occupied home. As discussed in a recent Group Talk podcast, virtual meetings also drain […]

Give Feedback so People Grow and Receive Feedback so You Grow [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your […]

7 Ways to Conduct Effective Online Meetings With Your Small Group Leaders

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Online meetings can be a little different than normal in-person meetings.  It can be a little harder to maintain your leader’s focus when they are sitting face to face with a computer screen.  Below are 7 tips that will help you conduct effective online meetings (also works well for any meeting, […]

How Saddleback Started 3,000 Groups During Covid-19

Rick Warren recently preached a sermon where he mentioned that Saddleback has added 3000 groups during Covid-19. Saddleback started the year with around 6000 groups. They now have about 9000 groups. Wow. (https://saddleback.com/watch/a-faith-that-works-when-life-doesn-t/a-faith-that-makes-tough-choices-easier?autoplay=true) I did a deep dive into all things Saddleback to see if I could discover how they did it. I listened to […]

4 Fun Ways to Connect with Your Small Group during COVID-19

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! At this point, we are all trying to be creative and think outside of the box. I mean, I’m looking for ways to creatively cut my own hair. That’ll be a first, and you’ll know if it doesn’t go well if my next vlog isn’t a vlog. I’m trying […]

6 Ways to do Prayer During Online Small Groups

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Whether through times of celebration, times of lament, or anywhere in between, prayer is essential to the Christian life, and engaging in this vital spiritual discipline allows us to spend time with our Lord and build a deeper relationship with Him. Let us unpack 6 different ways you can […]

4 Questions For Re-entry After COVID-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your […]

7 Things to communicate to your small group members during COVID-19

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! 1. That you are PRAYING for them I believe that one of the greatest things we can do for our small group members during this time is to pray for them. Reach out to each one of your members and ask them what you can specifically pray for. Doing […]

5 Tips To Do Your Best Work At Home

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! So, we are all in a season right now of working from home, that is if we aren’t considered essential personnel. For some of us as Small Group Point People, this may be the first time working from home. So, I wanted to share five things you can do […]

Tips for Overcoming Video Conferencing Fatigue [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your […]

4 Keys to Leading a Small Group Ministry During Quarantine

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Everything has changed in the past several weeks. Suddenly homeschooling has become the norm, a trip to the grocery store has become an epic journey, and most of us in ministry are getting a crash course in on-line pastoring and leadership. As small group point people, we each have […]

6 Tips for Overcoming Virtual Meetings Fatigue

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! By Chris Surratt & Brian Daniel Most of us are still adjusting to a world where screen captures of Zoom meetings have become the new selfie. In this time of social distancing, our only social contacts—outside of our households—are through a camera lens and a video screen. In so many […]

20 Things Your Small Groups Can Do Virtually Together [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? PART #5 – Protecting Your Mental Health & […]

4 Ways to Care For Your Small Group Leaders During COVID-19

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Things are changing rapidly, and for some of us, our pace has picked up, especially with the new jobs we can add to our resume: homeschooler, master germ killer, and online group guru. So, what does it look like to effectively care for your SGPP in this season? This […]

Better Connect Groups Using YouVersion Bible App

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! We’re all adapting to the impact of COVID-19 and just because we’re unable to gather physically for the time being, this doesn’t mean we can’t grow spiritually with others and help more people connect into small groups. An easy approach you might consider trying out is inviting people to […]

8 Icebreakers for Online Groups

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Just like in-person groups, online group meetings can sometimes get off to an awkward start. Group members may have difficulties getting connected, or you may have to wait a few minutes while everyone logs on. So how can you, as a leader, be proactive and set the tone for […]

Effectively Leading Groups Through a Time of Social Distancing [Video]

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! During this unique time of COVID-19, how are you effectively leading groups through a time of social distancing? Enjoy this webinar replay featuring Chris Surratt, Steve Gladen & Jared Musgrove. Related Resource: How To Use Zoom Breakout Rooms

How to Host a Secure Zoom Meeting [Video]

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! So you launched an online small group (s) using zoom – great! But you’ve since experienced or heard of others experiencing security breaches by trouble makers. Watch our 3 minute tutorial on how to host a secure zoom meeting! Related Resource: How To Use Zoom Breakout Rooms

6 Ways to Communicate with your Small Group Members During COVID-19

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! The Covid-19 virus has vastly changed the landscape of the church. In response to the stay-at-home mandates that are being issued, churches across the world have quickly been adapting and transitioning into online ministry. With the decrease of in-person interaction comes the incredible opportunity for a church’s small group […]

How To Use Zoom Breakout Rooms [Video]

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! So you launched an online small group (s) using Zoom – great! But have you learned how to use Zoom break out rooms? Watch our quick tutorial on how to use this amazing feature that will take your online small group to the next level! Related Resource: How to Host […]

7 Lessons Navy Deployments Taught me about Thriving while Socially Isolated

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! As some of you may know I was in the US Navy for 23 years. During that time I deployed on ships countless times. There are days I miss my time at sea, and then I remember that I get to have dinner with my family every night, so […]

Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your Leaders Thrive Emotionally During COVID-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? In PART #5 of this exclusive series on […]

How To Take Your Small Group Online

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! From the Saddleback Small Groups Team The world is looking for hope and we have an unprecedented opportunity to provide it. Your small group is now more important than ever. By keeping your members connected you can offer the care, support, and community that everyone needs, especially right now. […]

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

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! Many of our Small Groups have experienced much change (and so quickly) in the recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of you may have a love-hate relationship with technology, it sure is proving to be a blessing in these days and times. Our Small Groups can […]

4 Steps to Getting Started with Online Groups

Create Your Free SmallGroupNetwork.com Account Today! During this COVID-19 crisis, everyone is either making a rush to get online groups going at their church, or already have them in place and are trying to expand or refine them. In my context, I needed to get online groups up and running from scratch, because we have […]

So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What? [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 In PART #4 of this exclusive series on COVID-19 & Small Groups, hosts Steve Gladen & […]

Small Group Ministry in Times of Adversity

“Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people – a great way to find support & share ideas like this one here! Invite 2 or more friends & start a huddle today online or over coffee! One of the many benefits of a small group is coming together face-to-face for growing together in the […]

Learn How to Use Zoom in 5 Mins for Online Small Groups [Video]

“Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people – a great way to find support & share ideas like this one here! Invite 2 or more friends & start a huddle today online or over coffee! Related Resource: 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19

10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 In Part #3 of this exclusive series on COVID-19 & Small Groups, hosts Steve Gladen & Derek Olson talk about 10 Checkpoints to know if your small group ministry is healthy […]

5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 In Part #2 of this exclusive series on COVID-19 & Small Groups, hosts Steve Gladen & Derek Olson talk with special guest Jay Kranda (Saddleback Church Online Pastor) about 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19. Just click play to listen […]

5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19 [Podcast]

In PART #1 of this exclusive series on COVID-19 & Small Groups, hosts Steve Gladen & Derek Olson talk about 5 ways that you can keep community vibrant through COVID-19. Just click play to listen to this episode below. PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19 PART #3 – […]