small groups

Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, small groups, Saddleback Church, California, model, ministry, fastest-growing churches, priority
Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what's really amazing is that we're actually larger when we're smaller. We're larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Artie Davis, sermons, yearly calendar, sermon series, kids, small groups, outreach, entire campus, staff
Scheduling, series and sermon planning is one of the "biggys" for the church. It's one of those things that we have to get down because so much of what we do rises and falls on the church calendar and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, church, campaign, external connections, pre-qualified leaders, GroupLink, sermon-based groups, small group fair, market strategy, book club, Bible studies, classes
There are many ways to launch new groups. If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy, you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: 1. Launch a churchwide ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leaders, decline, multiplication, service, small groups, Moses Problem, Jethro, recurring story, church, pastors, Exodus, Numbers, volunteers, success, stagnant, declining, issue, God's ...
Pastors of growing churches know all too well the old adage of there being two sides to every coin. The excitement and energy of a growing congregation brings with it new needs and a constant demand for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Small groups, Mark Howell, pastors, quantity, quality, stories, website, life change, learning experience
How can you tell if your small group ministry is gaining ground? What are the signs? Can it be measured quantitatively? Or do you have to know how to measure qualitatively? Obviously, you can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Education
Tags: Diana Davis, Sunday School, ideas, fresh, church, small groups, classes, ministries, childcare, attendance, group, themed study
When a church begins new small groups or Sunday School classes, eternity is impacted. New hands are put to the task. Easy entry points are established. Members are more likely to invite lost friends. Peripheral ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, More than Dodgeball, small groups, youth ministry, curricula, ideas, books, formulas, approaches, Bible, life, Christ, prayers, leaders, students, heart, salvation
I totally revamped my approach to small groups in our ministry recently. We have tried a multitude of curricula, ideas, books, formulas and approaches. It has been topical and as simple as opening ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, senior pastors, small groups, lead, authentic community, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, reality, reconnection
Senior pastors, you need to know something. If you want authentic community to flourish in your church, it begins with you. It must begin with you. I don’t know what has prompted your hope for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Communication
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, dots, connecting, Andy Stanley, ministry, Ministry Today, coaching, busy, opportunities, disciples, strategic
I love what Andy Stanley says: “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you’re currently experiencing.” If you don’t like the results you’re currently experiencing with your small groups, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, intentional neglect, church, application, Sunday morning experience, kids, small groups, ministry, what's important now, resources, energy, attention, goals
We have to know our focus. I heard a term the other day that has had my gears turning: intentional neglect. It wasn’t used in a church context, but I think it certainly has application right now, especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, Acts, healthy, growing, church, Peter Wagner, B.H. Carroll, Jerusalem, New Testament, Christ, Holy Spirit, power, fellowship, small groups, vision, prayer, generosity, mobilization, ...
... estimates a minimum of 60,000. In any Bible dictionary, it will tell you that in New Testament times, the city of Jerusalem was approximately 200,000 people. What we have here is a church with 100,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, leaders, commitments, Saddleback, raising the bar, Bible study, living connection, community, foundation, obedient servant, development
Whether you use a low or high bar of small group leadership, I think all of us have hope that our leaders will do more than open their home, facilitate a discussion or convene a meeting. And ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, connection, objectives, attendance, membership, strategy, discipleship groups, off-campus small groups, ministry, investment
Ever wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper? Here are five commitments that make the difference: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 / Resourcing
Tags: Brent Evans, Jimmy Evans, marriage, battle, army, front, troops, Internet, simulcasts, small groups, community outreach
As president of the ministry my dad, Jimmy Evans, founded, I’ve been serving him for almost a decade. This year, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of MarriageToday, so I’ve been along for a good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, Youth Ministry, pastors, elders, numbers, attendance, signups, small groups, salvations, baptisms, database, Instagram, social media, blog, friend
As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers. If we do, it’s with wailing and gnashing of teeth, as we imagine the elders shaking their heads in frustration at the job we’re doing to reach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Small groups, discipleship, care, love
... of Jesus Christ In early 2000, our leadership team began asking the question: What does a healthy follower of Christ look like? If we are to be successful in fulfilling Christ’s commission to make ... [ +++ ]
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