C.S. Lewis Speaks to Small Groups

There is an overlooked insight into Small Groups that Clive desperately wants us to get. The Chronicles of Narnia have sold over 100 million copies in 47 different languages, The three movies released by Disney have grossed over half a billion dollars. So yes, I’m going to assume that you know something about it. And […]

Our Royal Motto: Serving Small Groups in 3 Steps

Much of the world has been brought together through the death of Queen Elizabeth II. After a 70-year reign, the longest in British history, many are mourning her passing and remembering her significant accomplishments. How did she stay at the task for that long? How did she remain faithful for all those years? To understand […]

4 Tips to Safely Vent at Your Small Group

Four tips on how to safely unload stresses and frustrations without hurting yourself, others, and your God. This side of eternity, people are going to vent. I know that’s so shocking to you, but it’s true. Think about the past few years with the pandemic, governmental and organizational failures, and fallen leaders. The cost of […]

3 Steps to Build Sticky Small Groups

Since the pandemic, our lives have been deeply disrupted. We were forced to make sudden and significant changes. With so many interruptions to daily life, lots of people started to reevaluate so many things. Where and how they work. How to take care of family. Where and how they spend their time. And a natural […]

6 Steps to Creative Problem Solving for your Small Groups

Every problem has multiple, potential solutions. Some changes can make small, modest improvements while others can greatly advance your small groups and their effectiveness. Here are the best six steps to crack the code toward problem solving. Curious. Always be curious and on the lookout for new ideas for your small groups. You need to […]

CPR for Your Small Groups

CPR can save a life. It’s been around since 1740. And even though more than 50% know CPR (1), 70% feel helpless to act (2). It’s not hard to learn. It’s really very basic and straightforward. Advanced degrees are not required. Only a little bit of time, a willingness to learn something new, and the determination […]

High Flying Small Group Leadership: 5 Tips for Safe & Effective Takeoff & Landing

They’re easy to spot. There are just some small group organizations and teams that appear to have it all together. They seem to easily fly from one thing to another. They energetically contribute, treating one another with respect. They seem to get so much done with fewer people, more joy, and less aggravation. So, how […]

Igniting Small Group Innovation: 5 Questions to Move Past Fear

It’s easy to let thoughts about failure and criticism hold you and your Small Groups back from innovation. All you have to do is nothing, just keep doing the same things, and you’ll continue to just drift along. When was the last time, in those fleeting moments of honest, self-reflection, you came to the realization […]

Small Group Trends: Are you doing these 4 things?

It used to be that only a few people at the top had all the power. Those living in the rarified air near or at the top of an organization chart, the greater the weight of their opinions and influence. Only leaders at the top, the people in front, had both authority and power to […]

Dances With Calendars: 4 Tips When Calendaring Your Small Groups

There is no other activity that’s good for “absolutely nothing” like calendaring. But as small group ministry leaders who are often thinking about late-summer recruiting, fall-launches, winter-holiday breaks, leader-training, etc – mapping out a calendar with our teams is usually something we are doing and re-doing throughout the year. When Dances with Wolves hit theaters […]