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Here you’ll find an ever-expanding library of resources to help equip you to lead your ministry well.

Choose from the list of categories below to find that nugget you have been looking for. Every author here believes in the life-changing power of small group ministries.

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Mental Health and the Church    

  • Posted by: Ben Reed
  • Posted On: 09/09/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Kay Warren is the co-founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA with her husband Rick Warren, as well as the founder and advocate of the HIV & AIDS initiative at Saddleback and around the world. 

She is an international speaker, best selling author, and bible teacher. Kay’s latest book, Choose Joy, because happiness isn’t enough was published in 2012. After their son, Matthew, took his life in 2013, the Warrens revealed that Matthew had a lifelong struggle with mental illness. Since…

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The Characteristics Of Irresistible Community    

  • Posted by: Grant Jenkins
  • Posted On: 08/30/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Creating community is one thing. But creating an irresistible community that is inviting and attractive to the lonely, hurting and broken can be another thing entirely.  While they may look the same from the outside, the thought, strategy and intentionality behind what makes a community "irresistible" makes all the difference in the world.
From leadership to structure, style to context and format to outcomes, the characteristics and nuances of what makes an irresistible community are both crucial and scalable to any size…

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No Size Fits All - The Importance Of Learning Styles In Disciple Making    

  • Posted by: Grant Jenkins
  • Posted On: 07/31/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

One size fits all. It’s great if you’re shopping for a Snuggie, but horrible if you’re making a disciple.  While we may understand this on a conceptual level, we often fail on a logistical level when we fail to ask the right questions while developing curriculum plans for our groups. 
A one-size discipleship strategy will, more often than not, result in a lot of people slipping through the cracks in your ministry. Central to your church’s strategy for making disciples and developing leaders will be a growing…

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Cool Connections For A Sizzling Summer    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 07/01/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Summer is a time when is seems like everyone’s schedule gets turned upside down, making it hard for your groups to meet consistently. However, with just a little creativity and planning, the Summer months could present your groups with a unique opportunity to focus on outreach and connect with the local community in extremely effective ways

An effective outreach strategy could very well be lying right in the middle of your current groups and their relationships. In this month’s Group Talk, Nick Lenzi…

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Building From Ground Zero - Relaunching A Groups Ministry    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 05/22/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Many of us have stepped into existing small groups ministries to add new support, leadership and vision to what was already there. But what about creating a groups ministry at a church where one didn’t necessarily already exist? 
Ministry buzzwords are a dime a dozen, but actually having to implement ideas and vision to relaunch a groups ministry can be a real challenge. It’s crucial to get your finger on the pulse of a particular church’s culture enough to define reality,…

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Coming Together, Keeping Together, Working Together    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 04/13/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

It was Henry Ford who once said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."  While he could have been talking about the importance of teams in any number of contexts, the concept is certainly universal and is just as foundational in business settings as it is in church leadership settings.

But what does the process and progression of the "coming together, keeping together and working together" that Henry Ford spoke of actually look like? What are the core principles…

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Developing A Transformational Groups Culture    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 04/13/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Recent church studies have uncovered qualitative data that many have known for years... that those who are in a small group give more generously, serve more sacrificially, confess their sins more frequently, share the gospel more regularly. In short, those who are in a small group display more attributes of discipleship than those who aren't. That's what we all want, but how to we get there? This month, Group Talk guest Eric Geiger breaks down the fundamentals of developing a groups strategy and culture that…

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Effective Strategies For Training And Developing Leaders    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 04/13/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

Crucial to any small group strategy is your team's plan to not just find leaders, but to adequately prepare and equip them for the journey of leadership. But how? And when? And where? And with what?  These are just a few of the million-dollar questions this week's Group Talk guest, Joe Windham, tackles in a discussion a strategy about Developing & Training Leaders.

A 23-year Small Group Ministry veteran, Joe is the Pastor of Ministries and Community at Harvest Church in Billings, MT. In…

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Do Your Singles Suffer From Second-Class Syndrome?    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 04/13/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

While most churches are becoming more and more family-centric and focused, there is an increasingly significant segment of the church population who are often underserved and overlooked. The singles. If you're in need of fresh perspective and strategies for engaging and serving the singles in your church, this Group Talk is  for you!

The unfortunate reality in many churches is that while many events, plans and budget line items revolve around the needs of families, the single members of the…

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Strategic Planning For 2015    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 04/13/2015
  • Posted In: GroupTalk

The sage prophet Benjamin Franklin once said "a failure to plan is a plan to fail." Every day of every year, teams and leaders across the world read that perennial quote in bewilderment, wondering "how did he KNOW?!?" If you've ever been there and felt the weight of the failure to plan, this month's Group Talk is for you!

The million dollar question is always "how do I establish goals, plot my path there and keep my team excited, engaged and…

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