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SMALL GROUP ARTICLES

Our amazing team of authors all serve as small group point people in their local churches & write some of the most insightful content available for small group point people!

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5 Tips to Creating Energized Emails

Your number one way of communicating with your small group leadership and members is email. Invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965, email has exploded in use and […]

A 3-Step Plan for Mobilizing Your Small Group Outreach

If you want your small group to be healthy, contribute to God’s mission in the world, and inspire your group members grow closer to Jesus and help others to do […]

The 1st 5 Minutes of your Small Group are Critical. Are you Doing This?

The first five minutes of your small group are the most important. It is a good idea to start with some kind of icebreaker—a get-to-know-you question. Ideally, this will tie […]

Slab-Bacon Tacos With Burned Scallion Crema

I got this from the NY Times and it immediately became a small group favorite. For the bacon use either thick cut, or if you can find it, pork belly.

Small Group Prayers that Spark Inner Healing

The Word of God will forever remain as a testament to the powerful ministry of Jesus Christ. While His divine role as Lord and Savior will continue to impact this […]

The Mountain/Bottom Experience

You go up the mountain to receive something: a beautiful and inspiring view. Moses went up the mountain to receive the 10 Commandments. Or you go up to achieve something. […]

3 Simple Ideas to Help People Connect

In many ways, the pandemic has made it harder for people to get connected. Maybe they have been attending church online; or maybe there just haven’t been a whole lot […]

Full-Bodied Small Group Life Part 2

A church’s purposes or values usually reflect the practices they want to encourage in the lives of their members. If your recommended small group format is structured around your church’s […]

Tips to Reading the Bible Together in Small Groups

My dad used to say: “You gotta know what the Bible says before you can understand what it means.” We have to get the text itself in front of them. […]

Full-Bodied Small Group Life Part 1

It might sound strange to describe small group life as being “full-bodied.” For example, I like my coffee “full-bodied,” but what does it mean when applied to community? The big […]

Treating Small Group Infections

By Chet Gladkowski There is lots of talk and opinions being bandied around the virtual water cooler, i.e., Zoom calls, social media, and the internet, about vaccines. While many have […]

6 Summer Strategies to Invigorate Your Small Group

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry! By the end of spring, It’s not uncommon for small groups to […]

A Small Group “Summer of Purpose”

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry! Many groups tend to “take a break” for the summer, meeting for […]

Are You Asking Your Small Group Great Questions Like Jesus Asked His?

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry! We have 100 examples of Jesus asking questions. It raises the question. […]

8 Ways to Enrich Your Small Group through Authenticity

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Denver! The people who have made the greatest impact on me and […]

5 Ways to Plan on Getting Refreshed this Summer

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Denver! You as a small group point person have walked through so […]

The Healing Impact of Small Group Leaders

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  For anyone that’s been a part of a small […]

Helping your Small Group Deal with Grief

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Denver! My dad died two days ago. I am sitting in the […]

6 Sermon Based Small Group Discussion Tips Using Facebook Groups

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! Do your Small Groups follow the Sermon Series? Perhaps your groups […]

Small Group Re-Boot Camp

Take a look at yourself, soldier. You’re a disgrace! Actually, I think you look great. But really, now that churches are opening back up or welcoming back members, it is […]

How I Whiffed On The Pandemic

Did you miss out on the small groups gold rush of 2020? Here’s a chance to learn from my mistakes. Or laugh. Both works.

A Prescription for Encouraging Your Small Group

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! We all need encouragement! That’s always been true, and as we continue to […]

6 Tips to Utilize a Facebook Group for Your Small Group Ministry

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  You probably feel overwhelmed with the adoption of new […]

5G Small Group Discipleship

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! By Chet Gladkowski and Brian Phipps. 5G Small Group Discipleship Moving […]

Exponential Thinking

There are many different principles behind the 40 Days of Purpose that make it effective and make it powerful and successful, not only here at Saddleback, but in a lot […]

The Healing Support of Fellow Small Group Members

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  During various moments within each of our lives, we […]

4 Habits of Highly Evangelistic Groups

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! Almost all groups struggle with evangelism. Most Christians struggle with evangelism. Rarely do […]

Casting Vision for Community

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  Often times groups ministry is viewed as if it’s […]

4 Impactful Ways to Celebrate Easter With Your Group and Others

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  Easter is an important time for us to not […]

8 Ways to Encourage Word-Driven Conversations

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  The Bible is the Word of God, and as […]

Copy & Paste Email Template for Welcoming New Group Members

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  You have the opportunity to take the guesswork out […]

Big Groups A Problem? 4 Practical Ways to Subgroup

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! Are you struggling with how to handle big groups in this ongoing season […]

Clearing Spiritual Blockages Together as a Small Group

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & learn the essentials of small group ministry by attending Align Nashville! As small group leaders, we are always thinking of ways to […]

3 Ways to Intentionally Care for Your Group Leaders

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  It is an essential part of a small group […]

Small Group Evaluation Questions

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending “Accelerate!”  On the Small Group Network Facebook group, I recently […]

5 Tips for Becoming a Great Conversationalist

Our main session panels this year feature Steve Gladen (Saddleback), Bill Willits (North Point), Dave Enns (North Coast) & are hosted by Group Talk Podcast’s Carolyn Taketa! Get 30% off […]

3 Steps to Strengthen Your Emotional Health

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. Get 30% […]

4 Creative Ways to Pray with Your Small Group this Spring

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. Get 30% […]

8 Spiritual Growth Questions for Small Group Members

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. Get 30% […]

Exponential Small Group Growth in a Post-Covid World

Church small group growth can be exponential... even at your church! Find out from some of the experts on how to grow your small groups in a big way! Part [...]

3 Ways to Focus Your Small Group Ministry in 2021

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

3 Proven Models for Small Group Outreach

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Small Groups Pastors as Enneagram Numbers 11 Months into COVID

By Rex Minor, Andrea Minor & Steve Gladen 1’s: there is a right way to lead an online group and this is not it! 2’s: I have so much help […]

12 Silver Linings from 2020 [Podcast]

In this exclusive episode hosts Steve Gladen, Carolyn Taketa, Bill Search & Nick Lenzi talks about “12 Silver Linings from 2020.” Just click play to listen to this episode below. SHOW […]

Four 2020 Crisis Fatigue Busters [Podcast]

In this exclusive episode host Steve Gladen talks about “Four 2020 Crisis Fatigue Busters.” Just click play to listen to this episode below.

Dealing with Leadership Challenges in the Covid Era [Podcast]

In this exclusive episode host Bill Search talks about “Dealing with Leadership Challenges in the Covid Era.” Just click play to listen to this episode below. SHOW NOTES Kids Small Groups

Don’t Miss Doing THIS for the New Year!

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Top 10 Highlights of 2020

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Top 10 Articles of 2020

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Top 5 Podcasts of 2020

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Top 5 Videos of 2020

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

S.P.A.C.E. P.E.T.S.

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

4 Ways Groups Can Serve Together Through the Holidays

Lobby Gathering 2021, one of the nation’s premier small group training & networking events, is now going to be a live virtual event from 9am-12pm PST Feb 23-24. See the […]

Connecting over Attending

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 GladenA downloadable workbookLesson […]

10 Ways to Unleash Creative Small Group Worship

Learn the key foundations to launch & lead dynamic Kids Small Groups at your church. Featuring: 5 HD Video Sessions, Downloadable Docs & Lesson Discussion Questions. Learn more by watching […]

4 Practices for Onboarding Small Group Leaders (During and After a Pandemic)

Over the previous several months, communities and cultures have been overturned as they learn to operate with a brand new set of realities and rules. It is clear that each […]

3 Strategies for Crafting Engaging Sermon Discussion Guides

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 GladenA downloadable workbookLesson […]

4 Pandemic-Friendly Leader Appreciation Ideas

Learn the key foundations to launch & lead dynamic Kids Small Groups at your church. Featuring: 5 HD Video Sessions, Downloadable Docs & Lesson Discussion Questions. Learn more by watching […]

Leading Your Groups to Habitual Gratitude

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 GladenA downloadable workbookLesson […]

4 Keys to Develop a Groups Culture Post-COVID

Learn the key foundations to launch & lead dynamic Kids Small Groups at your church. Featuring: 5 HD Video Sessions, Downloadable Docs & Lesson Discussion Questions. Learn more by watching […]

Small Group Planning Checklist Amid COVID-19 During the Holidays

Learn the key foundations to launch & lead dynamic Kids Small Groups at your church. Featuring: 5 HD Video Sessions, Downloadable Docs & Lesson Discussion Questions. Learn more by watching […]

7 Ways to Encourage Evangelism in Groups

Get $100 off the “Lobby Gathering” 2021 – the nation’s premier small group networking event through November 30th! Connect with & learn from the brightest small group ministry leaders from […]

4 Ways to Reset for 2021 [Podcast]

In this exclusive episode host Steve Gladen talks about 4 ways small group point people can reset for 2021. Just click play to listen to this episode below. SHOW NOTES: Courses […]

8 ONLINE GROUP LEARNINGS

Announcing our new online training course that features 7 total video session taught by Saddleback Church Online Pastor Jay Kranda, downloadable notes & lesson discussion questions! Learn more by watching […]

4 Areas Where Change Must Happen [Podcast]

In this exclusive episode hosts Steve Gladen talks about the 4 Areas where change must happen for small Group point people as 2020 comes to a close. Just click play to […]

5 Ways to Follow up with Group Leaders

Get $100 off the “Lobby Gathering” 2021 – the nation’s premier small group networking event through November 30th! Connect with & learn from the brightest small group ministry leaders from […]

How to “ALIGN” Your Small Group Ministry to Your Church Vision

Small groups that line up with the vision of the church are most likely to succeed. Find out how to align your groups.

How to Find all the Group Leaders You Need

Jesus said the harvest is plentiful by the workers a few. Workers have always been the bottleneck to the evangelism/ discipleship process. Saddleback solves this problem with what they call […]

How to Create Engaging Emails that Your Group Leaders Will Read

The 7 step checklist for getting your emails to your small group leaders read and acted on.

3 Metrics to Measure in this Season

THERE IS STILL TIME TO LOCK IN EARLY BIRD PRICE! Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending […]

5 Keys to Overcoming Divisiveness with Your Small Group

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 GladenA downloadable workbookLesson […]

10 Ways to Ignite Fervent Prayer in your Small Group

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7 Questions to Find your Small Group’s Purpose

SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE has been extended through Sept 30th! Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending […]

5 Ground Rules for Group Discussion

Announcing our new online training course that features 7 total video session taught by Saddleback Church Online Pastor Jay Kranda, Downloadable notes & lesson discussion questions! Learn more by watching […]

Is My Small Group “Up to PAR?”

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3 Keys to Using Social Media Responsibly

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8 Practices to Help Newcomers Feel They Belong

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What Do You Do When Politics Creep into Your Group?

FLASH SALE! Get $125 off Lobby 2021 through October 31st! Connect with & learn from the brightest small group ministry leaders from around the nations for 3 days & 2 […]

How to Get 90% of Your Visitors to Join Small Groups

Announcing our new online training course that features 7 total video session taught by Saddleback Church Online Pastor Jay Kranda, Downloadable notes & lesson discussion questions! Learn more by watching […]

How to Respond When Your Small Group Disappoints You

SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE has been extended through Sept 30th! Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending […]

5 Ways to Navigate Polarizing Political Discussions in Your Small Group

SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE has been extended through Sept 30th! Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending […]

5 Ways to Engage People in Facebook Small Groups

SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE has been extended through Sept 30th! Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending […]

4 Action Steps to Stay Refreshed as a Small Group Point Person

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 […]

3 Facebook No-No’s for Small Group Leaders

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Have 2020 Vision For Your 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 […]

How to Choose a Groups System That Works

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 […]

Fall Training How-To’s

Training is not a one-time exercise with group leaders. It is one among many facets of how you provide ongoing care and development for your leaders. This is important to […]

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 […]

Super Small Groups to the Rescue

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 […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Respect Everyone’s Time

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 […]

What’s next? Thinking Through SG Ministry in the “New Normal” [Podcast]

“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 […]

4 Creative Ideas to Foster Connections this Summer

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 […]

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 […]

Navigating Pandemics, Protests & Politics [Podcast]

“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 […]

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 […]

5 Warning Signs You’re Not Growing Your Ministry

“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 […]

Group Talk United: Unveiling the New 4 Show Lineup [Podcast]

“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 […]

10 Questions Every Small Group Leader Should Keep in Their Bible

“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 […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Give Small Group Leaders a Break this Summer

“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 […]

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 – […]

Developing an Anti-Racist Culture in Your Small Group

Talking about race can be one of the topics we advise our group leaders to avoid during their group time. It is layered in personal experience, history, politics, and culture […]

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 […]

Developing an Anti-Racist Culture in Your Small Group [Podcast]

Part 1 – Your Small Group’s Role Against Racism This is PART 2 of an exclusive 2 part series regarding small groups and racism. In this episode, host Carolyn Taketa […]

6 Steps to be a Peacemaker [Video]

In these tense days, the world desperately needs followers of Christ to be peacemakers. But how do we sow seeds of peace in the midst of chaos and confusion? In […]

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 […]

5 Ways for Small Group Leaders to Find Rest

Create your free Small Group Network account today! Rest takes discipline. That might sound strange to some, but it requires intentionality to maintain a consistent rhythm of spiritual practices to […]

Your Small Group’s Role Against Racism

This is PART 1 of an exclusive 2 part series regarding small groups and racism. In this episode, host Steve Gladen interviews Anthony Miller – Saddleback church’s Pastor of Communications, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Lobby 2020 Highlights & Soundbites

Taking place every February in sunny Southern California, the “Lobby Gathering” is an out-of-the-box small group networking event where we create environments for small group point people to relax & […]

A Lifestyle of Small Group Evangelism

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry in 2020 by attending an “Accelerate” small group workshop! Register HERE While we may be able to pursue evangelism on our […]

How to Gather a “C-Team”

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry in 2020 by attending an “Accelerate” small group workshop! Register HERE Steve Gladen always talks about gathering a C- Team […]

10 Step Coaching Checklist

We’ve all heard it before: “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The reason this statement is so broadly known is because […]

7 Roles to Engage Your Small Group Members In

In less than 2 minutes, here about how Rich doubled his small groups in one month after attending an Accelerate Small Group Workshop! The New Year is here, and it’s […]

4 Ways to Get Small Group Members From Connecting to Attending

In less than 2 minutes, here about how Rich doubled his small groups in one month after attending an Accelerate Small Group Workshop! Consider this scenario: You are interested in […]

Read the Room: Leaning In Vs Checking Out

In less than 2 minutes, here about how Rich doubled his small groups in one month after attending an Accelerate Small Group Workshop! As small group leaders, some can be […]

3 Things to Fill Our Lives with in 2020

In less than 2 minutes, here about how Rich doubled his small groups in one month after attending an Accelerate Small Group Workshop! The start of the New Year is […]

Don’t Fall For “The Lie”

In less than 2 minutes, here about how Rich doubled his small groups in one month after attending an Accelerate Small Group Workshop! Somewhere, at some point, I started believing […]

3 Indicators of Healthy Small Groups

“Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world. They are a great place to find encouragement, support & ideas for your […]

10 Tips for New Small Group Leaders

“Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world. They are a great place to find encouragement, support & ideas for your […]

4 Reasons Why “Small Group in a Box” is Effective

Less than 10 spots left! Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking […]

20 Coaching Commitments for 2020

Less than 15 spots left! Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking […]

3 Things New Believers Experience in Small Groups

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

Vision For Breakthrough In Your Small Group Ministry w/ Steve Gladen [Podcast]

In this episode, host Carolyn Taketa interviews special guest Steve Gladen who breaks down how to have vision for breakthrough in your small group ministry in 2020. Steve Gladen is […]

How Often Should you Communicate?

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2019

In 2019 we’ve seen over 147,280 all-time podcast downloads to date! Join the thousands of other small group point people who have subscribed to our “Group Talk” podcast which you can find on iHeart Radio, […]

Top 10 Small Group Videos of 2019

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

Top 10 Highlights of 2019

2019 was an incredible year for the Small Group Network! Enjoy this annual ministry report & get a sneak peek at some exciting things coming in 2020. Please scroll to the bottom of the […]

Top 10 Articles of 2019

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

4 Ways Small Groups Can Brighten the Holiday Blues

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

1 Free Way to Celebrate Christmas with your Small Group

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

5 Ways Groups Can Fulfill Their Purpose During the Holidays

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

Don’t Forget 1 More Gift! (Batteries not included)

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

3 Ideas to End the Fall Season on Purpose

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

10 Food Ideas for Your Next Small Group Gathering

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

5 December Ideas for Your Group

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world at the “Lobby Gathering” 2020 Small Group networking event! Space is limited to […]

5×5 Holiday Outreach Guide

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

Should My Small Group Be Open or Closed?

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees. Lock in Early Bird price […]

3 Steps to Lead Group Members Toward Spiritual Maturity

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

Are you addicted to Big, Fast and Famous?

“This is the one book that you simply must get into the hands of every one of your small group leaders.” – Rick Warren Because we know you are always […]

5 Ways to Renew Your Passion

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How Online Small Groups Work

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees. Lock in Early Bird price […]

Does Your Group Struggle with Praying Out Loud?

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” small group workshops. For more info […]

4 Tips To Make Holiday Small Group Meetings Meaningful

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” small group workshops. For more info […]

Who Is Your Mephibosheth?

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” small group workshops. For more info […]

4 Strategies for Building a Balanced Small Group

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” small group workshops. For more info […]

5 Questions for a Stagnant Small Groups Ministry

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” workshops. For more info or to […]

3 Steps to Identify Future Leaders within Your Small Group

Do you know a college graduate ready to start seminary & pursue a full-time ministry career? Tell them to consider becoming a Lead Intern at Saddleback Church in SoCal where […]

What’s Your Pulse?

As a Small Group Point Person (SGPP), it is essential to have a pulse. Well, to stay alive, you need a pulse! So, what does your pulse look like right […]

The No-Pressure Small Group Leader Recruitment Method

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” workshops. For more info or to […]

3 Small Group Barriers and How to Break Them

Do you know a college graduate ready to start seminary & pursue a full-time ministry career? Tell them to consider becoming a Lead Intern at Saddleback Church in SoCal where […]

How to Build a Strategic Small Group Culture

Grow as a leader, strengthen your team & accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of our “Accelerate!” workshops. For more info or to […]

5 Things I Would Tell Myself If I Was Starting All Over

“Some things I learned from a book. Here’s what I learned from experience.”

7 Childcare Solutions for Small Groups

Connect with & learn from some of the brightest small group point people from around the world. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees. Lock in Early Bird price […]

Small Group Leader: Are You Speaking Their Language?

Get $100 off Atlanta Accelerate now by registering as a member at smallgroupnetwork.com & using the exclusive promotional code located inside your SGN member portal. Register here Have you ever tried to communicate […]

Is Your Group Intentionally Helping Its Members Grow Spiritually?

Get $100 off Atlanta Accelerate now by registering as a member at smallgroupnetwork.com & using the exclusive promotional code located inside your SGN member portal. Register here As a small group leader you […]

10 Reasons to Be a Small Group Host

Get $100 off Atlanta Accelerate now by registering as a member at smallgroupnetwork.com & using the exclusive promotional code located inside your SGN member portal. Register here Much has been written on, […]

When is the Best Time to Celebrate Leaders?

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! Upon registering your Huddle […]

3 Preventable Reasons Why Small Group Coaches Struggle

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3 Keys to Effective Small Group Team Meetings

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Don’t Stop Believing… In Your Small Group Ministry!

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4 Keys to Small Group Ministry Longevity

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How to Host an Accelerate Small Group Workshop

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! Upon registering your Huddle […]

7 Ways to Supplement Your Small Group Ministry

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Small Group Leader: 3 Steps to Avoid Procrastination

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4 Ways to Rally Your Small Group for Fall

TODAY (JULY 31) IS THE FINAL DAY TO LOCK IN EARLY BIRD PRICE! REGISTER TODAY & PREPARE TO ACCELERATE THE HEALTH & GROWTH OF YOUR SMALL GROUP MINISTRY! For most […]

Leadership Investment Rhythms

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So, you’ve asked the BIG question…now what?

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! Upon registering your Huddle […]

4 Ways to Thrive in Your Season of Life

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Who Cares! Providing Care To Small Group Members.

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! Upon registering your Huddle […]

How to Inspire People to Join Groups

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! Upon registering your Huddle […]

Team Retreats: The Why, What, and How (Part 2) [Podcast]

Listen to Part 1 [podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10326512/height/60/theme/standard/thumbnail/no/direction/forward/” height=”60″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”] We all need time away to recharge and be filled by God. Retreats with your staff and/ or key volunteers […]

Are You Leading Yourself Spiritually?

Start a “Huddle” this month & receive FREE swag! “Huddles” are like small groups for small group point people & are found all over the world! The purpose of Huddles […]

What To Do When Your Senior Pastor Is Not Rick Warren

Hear How Rich Doubled His Small Groups in One Month (2 min vid) What to Do when Your Senior Pastor Is not Rick Warren As a small group point person, […]

How to Respond to Pain as a Group Leader

Hear How Rich Doubled His Small Groups in One Month (2 min vid) “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills […]

Team Retreats: The Why, What, and How (Part 1) [Podcast]

 [podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10207856/height/60/theme/standard/thumbnail/no/direction/forward/” height=”60″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”]   We all need time away to recharge and be filled by God. Retreats with your staff and/ or key volunteers are a great […]

3 Ways To Recruit People to Your Group

Hear How Rich Doubled His Small Groups in One Month (2 min vid) 3 Ways To Recruit People to Your Group Have you ever planned something so delicately and put […]

Vital Moments & Key Decisions in Our Lives

Every soul operates similarly to a car dashboard. It tells us when we are tired, when we are revving the engine, when we are operating on all cylinders, and when […]

12 Criteria for Choosing Curriculum

HEAR HOW RICH DOUBLED HIS SMALL GROUPS IN JUST ONE MONTH! (2 minute video) 12 Criteria for Choosing Curriculum A question every small group leader contemplates when starting a new […]

7 Ways to Develop Positive Group Discussions

1 Remember it is a discussion not a lecture The role of the discussion leader is to facilitate the conversation and help people interact, not to deliver a monologue. Sharing […]

Normalizing the Experience

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Springtime. Warmer weather. Green. New growth. Fresh flowers. However, living in […]

5 Keys for Small Group Ministry Growth

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Q: Is there something you missed that is preventing your small […]

Book Talk – “We Need to Talk” by Celeste Headlee [Podcast]

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9975830/height/60/theme/standard/thumbnail/no/direction/forward/” height=”60″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”] Do you want to have conversations that matter? Conversations are critical to our ministry and our lives. But how effective are you at engaging, […]

4 Tips On How To Lead Great Training Meetings

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Good heavens!  When I first started in ministry, I had no idea […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Small Group Leaders

Lock in SUPER EARLY BIRD price by July 3rd!  Over the past year, our church has been focused on learning new ways to better care for our small group leaders. […]

Are Your Groups Ready for Summer?

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! I live in the Pacific Northwest, and this week the sun […]

7 Keys to Create a Family Culture in Your Group

Accelerate the health and growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Near Mpumalanga, South Africa, are the marvelous and mysterious Echo Caves. […]

Rick Warren: Small Groups & the Coming Societal Trends [Podcast II]

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9695927/height/60/theme/standard/thumbnail/no/direction/forward/” height=”60″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”] Pastor Rick Warren was this year’s keynote speaker at the “Lobby Gathering,” one of the nation’s premier small group training events. To listen to […]

Saddleback’s Top Ten Small Group Ministry Commitments

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Over the years we have been asked for guidance about starting, […]

5 Tips for Navigating Disagreements in Your Small Group

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! In his excellent new book, How the Body of Christ Talks, […]

Do You Have a W.I.G?

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Did you know that wig can mean a few different things? […]

Small Group Launch Checklist

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Leaders launching new groups want to have a strong start and […]

5 Tips for Launching Summertime Short-Term Groups

  Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! A few years ago my church encouraged small group leaders […]

Rick Warren: Small Groups & the Coming Societal Trends (Part 1)

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9508130/height/60/theme/standard/thumbnail/no/direction/forward/” height=”60″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”standard”] Pastor Rick Warren was this year’s keynote speaker at the “Lobby Gathering,” one of the nation’s premier small group training events. To listen to […]

6 Ideas to Bring Healing Through the Practice of Confession

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! The practice of regular confession is largely lost in our religious […]

5 Ways to Foster Real Friendship in Small Groups

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! You have a new group. Right now, it’s mostly made up […]

5 Ways to Make Your Small Group a Party

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! I have met very few people who don’t like to have […]

The Value of A Great 1st Experience in Your Group

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! I’ll never forget the first time that I walked into Disney […]

20 Small Group Quotes by Rick Warren

Lock in SUPER EARLY BIRD price by July 3rd!  Pastor Rick Warren was this year’s keynote speaker at the “Lobby Gathering,” one of the nation’s premier small group training events. […]

Creating Intentional Pathways to Small Groups

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! I recently attended The SGN Lobby Gathering at Saddleback’s Retreat Centre […]

A Small Group Leader’s 30-Day Prayer Guide

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! Leadership Pastor, Jim Egli, endeavored to discover what makes the difference […]

4 Next Steps After Returning from a Church Conference

Accelerate the health & growth of your small group ministry by attending one of these “Accelerate” Small Group Workshops! The Apostle Paul’s advice to Titus on attending church conferences. Did […]