February 2010
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The Purpose Driven Small Group Network is the dream of Steve Gladen, Pastor of the Small Group Community of Saddleback Church. After receiving questions from so many Small Group Point People over the years, many ready to throw in the towel, Steve begNetwork Globean to wonder how he could help all of these people beyond a short phone conversation or email. As he began to explore possibilities, he realized, beyond an occasional conference, very few of these leaders had contact with any other Small Group Point People - even those that lived just a few miles from each other. At that point, he started to dream of a free Network that would connect all of these people to each other. It is Steve's goal that no Small Group Point Person ever stands alone. To this end, he created the PDSG Network to connect Small Group Point People across North America so that they might build relationships, encourage one another, and share resources and ideas..
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by Rick Warren

Rick Warren New 2010For the past few months we have been looking at Principles of Leadership from Jesus. This month, I will wrap up our discussion with the principles of Meditation and Relaxation.

Meditation is listening to God. Listening to God continually and throughout your day. Make listening to God a habit of your life.

The Bible tells us in Mark 1:35, "Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place where He prayed "(NIV). We think prayer is talking to God. But that's only half-right. Prayer is conversation. And in a conversation you both talk and listen. What if you had a conversation with a friend and you did all the talking and they never talked back? Or they did all the talking and you never talked back? That wouldn't be called a conversation. That's a monologue.
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How to Increase the Health of Your Sunday School 
by Steve Gladen

Steve Gladen NewAfter the number of responses from last month's article, Small Groups Versus Sunday School, I decided to dedicate the next two months to this important issue of Sunday School and small groups. This month I will discuss how you can bring health to your small groups. Next month, I will be discussing the question, How can I add small groups to my Sunday School church?

Once your church has decided how to define a healthy follower of Christ (for Saddleback it is someone balancing the Great Commission and Great Commandment in their heart-fellowship, discipleship, service, evangelism and worship), then there are some practical steps you can take to help your Sunday school class maximize health. Here are some suggestions:
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by Steve Gladen250 Big Ideas (Steve's Tips)

Are your small groups getting in a rut? Looking for a way to take their relationships with God and with each other to a new level? Give them suggestions for incorporating the biblical purposes into their small groups!

Meet with another small group either from your church or another church. A shared Bible study like that can be a tool for Christian growth as well as an opportunity to establish fellowship with another group. Discuss with the other group any unique aspects of their meetings and glean ideas for new ways to approach your own Bible study time. 

by Rick Warren
Stressed Man
Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, Come to me, all you who are weary and  burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (NIV). In this beautiful and short passage Jesus says three things: come, take, and learn. That's all you need to know about stress management.

1.  Come to Jesus
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. In the Bible people came to Jesus for many different reasons.  Some people came for forgiveness.  Some people came for answers.  Some people came for healing.

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