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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.

Every month, we host Group Talk, a conversation with a small group “expert” whose goal is to provide our Network with stellar content that drives us to lead our ministries more effectively.

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Leading Worship For Small Groups    

  • Posted by: Ben Farr
  • Posted On: 05/14/2015
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

Over the years I have led worship for many small groups. I love it! Almost every small group I have led worship for has been grateful for the music as if they had a deep hunger to worship together in their intimate setting. One thing I have found in common with vibrant Small Groups is that they worship together. These groups find a way to sit together during most weekend worship services, attend Nights Of Worship, talk about worship, include…

 
 

7 tips for connecting new members    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/06/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

This past weekend I went to a Home Improvement store. I needed help from two different departments on two issues I had in my home. As I walked into the spacious warehouse, lost at where to go, I started my quest to find the right person to help me buy the right product to end my nightmare problem at home. Now I could go into a lot of details, but the bottom line is I left that store two hours…

 
 

Tossed, Tumbled and Still Trusting: A study in the Book of Ruth    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

This month we are featuring a study for women based on the Book of Ruth and Saddleback’s exciting new 40 Days in the Word.

Can you image how you would react if you lost everything; your spouse, home, comfort, security, and children? These are the very situations God allowed into the lives of two prominent women of the Bible, Ruth and Naomi. Perhaps you have experienced a similar loss or trial and you too have questioned, “Why? God.”

Tests…

 
 

Steve’s Tips    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

With the kids back in school, fall is a great time to reenergize and focus your adult small groups. Why not give them some tips for balancing the biblical purposes? 

Fellowship – Find a road map of any state. Not letting the members see which state you have chosen, read the names of obscure towns. See if group members can guess which state you are looking at. Then ask members where they are on their spiritual journey. Give them the…

 
 

Small group promo video    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

If you’re looking to get new folks connected in small groups, this could be a great video for you to show.

And the creators of the video have made it available, in editable form, for free! (links below)

Happy video-sharing!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2mFgav3tk&w=560&h=380]

To download this video, see below.

 

Where is your group’s love?    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

February is a month thought of as the “love” month. More flowers and candy will be sent this month more than any other month, all in the name of “love”. It is a month centered on Valentine’s Day, seen as a holiday about “love”.

I proposed to Lisa 24 years ago on Valentine’s Day. We were young and in “love”. The problem with “love” is that for most people it is based on our emotion instead of our character. For…

 
 

The time on an elevator could change your small group ministry    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

You know the drill. You are waiting for an elevator, any elevator. The door opens; you walk in, face the door, press the button and stare at the door. Everyone does the same thing. Comedians have made acts out of the goofy behavior that happens in elevators. Something else also happens. It doesn’t have to do with human behavior or the people in an elevator; but the time that elapses in an…

 
 

Should your groups go mobile?    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

Ever wondered if your training, communication, and huddles should go mobile for small groups at your church?

If you answered “No,” then take a look at these stats. You may be surprised by just how prevalent mobile media is becoming.

Mobile stats

  • Smartphones are expected to increase from 23% of total phone shipments in 2010 to 45% in 2015. (Source)
  • Mobile application downloads are expected to reach nearly 48 billion in 2015. (
     
 

The Twelve, an Interview    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

The Twelve Conference, for small group point people, is happening soon! Click HERE to register now, for you and your leadership team! Questions? Lineup of speakers?

Here’s an interview with Ron Wilbur, one of the conference architects.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms2CyIAvhbM?rel=0]

*Update

I asked Ron to further describe what the experience is going to be like, and this is what he said:


1.       The “Work It Out” track has great…

 
 

A Different Kind of Prayer List: Is your church ready for Easter Visitors?    

  • Posted by: SGN Team
  • Posted On: 11/05/2014
  • Posted In: Small Group Resources

Here are some different prayer tips to help you evaluate your church’s preparedness for new folks who might “connect” with your church after coming Easter Sunday.

Image credit: Creative Commons user [F]oxyMoron.

This weekend I went to a home improvement store. I needed help from two different departments on two issues I had in my home. As I walked into the spacious warehouse, lost at where to go, I started my quest to find the right person to help me buy the right…