The Brain and Small Groups

What encourages continual transformation within the heart of a believer? Some say it is reading Scripture, while others might say that it is a healthy prayer life. Certainly, these items are vital and they incorporate two core activities of the Christian faith. Yet if you asked those who study neuroscience, it’s likely that they would […]

10 Ways to Attract & Empower New Small Group Leaders

Not everyone connects in the same way. Church leaders have found that offering multiple entry-points into their church’s community life helps more people build relationships and find a small group so they can be more committed to their ongoing spiritual growth. There are more approaches than ever to helping people connect and grow together in […]

Being a Navigator of Discussion

During my undergraduate studies, I pursued a degree that required me to take some of the more challenging math courses that the university had to offer. One particular course I had to take was Calculus 3 (also known as multi-variable calculus). After a few weeks in, I quickly realized that my instructor for the course […]

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 world until the earth passes on, His brief period of in-person ministry also gives us an inside look to the divine nature of who the […]

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 purposes, you will be more effective at weaving these essential spiritual practices into your small group life. This is critical since the relational circles of […]

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 want to change things up for the summer instead of starting a new Bible study. This comes from a common felt-need to take a break […]

The Healing Impact of Small Group Leaders

For anyone that’s been a part of a small group, we can all relate to the anxious feelings of the first few nights. Right from the start of the very first group meeting, we begin assessing the environment of our small group as we gauge whether or not it’s a safe environment to be vulnerable […]

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.

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 of churches.  But there is one principle that I believe is more important than all the others when doing a campaign like 40 Days of […]

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 are confronted with events or circumstances that give us the opportunity to pursue inner healing. Until we are called by the Lord and meet Jesus […]