June 2012The Leadership Issue, 612
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Small Group Leadership: the Jesus Way

Leadership, Jesus, & Your Small Group Ministry  

by Steve Gladen



Small group ministry is all about people.


Day in and day out at Saddleback Church I could spend the majority of my time dealing with people and mess. After all, that is why we went to Seminary-to deal with people. People aren't an interruption, they are why we exist! So, here is the question, in a ministry filled with people,

When and can we say "no" to the people God set before us?

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Biblical Fatherhood: an interview
Kenny Luck

Kenny Luck, on Biblical Fatherhood


With Father's Day fast approaching, we thought it fitting to sit down with Kenny Luck, Men's Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, and President of Every Man Ministries.



We asked Kenny some questions to help us think through being a biblical, God-honoring father.


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In This Issue
Biblical Fatherhood
Leadership Lifter
Lasting in Leadership
Looking for who's next
Group Talk
Small Group Show
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Reaching the sleeping giant: men
What is your church doing to reach men? Rick Warren
by Rick Warren


There is a sleeping giant within our churches. It is the collective spiritual power of the men in your congregation, particularly those who rarely come. 


We often emphasize the spiritual leadership of men, yet to be frank, few men are stepping up to the plate. 



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8  Tips to Lasting in Leadership
Before you say, "I Quit!" By Ed Applegate

Whether leading a small group, a ministry or a church, spiritual leadership is heart work and it's hard work.  This combination can take its toll, driving leaders to throw in the towel prematurely.


Leaders who last aren't those who just so happen to avoid those difficulties, but by God's grace find a perspective or nugget to get them through. 



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Leadership: Who is next?

3 Markers for Finding your next leader


 Needing some more small group leaders?


Aren't we all?!?


Spence Shelton shares paradigm-shifting truths here to help as you shape how you recruit group leaders.


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Rethinking Leadership Development
with Ben Reed


Welcome to the summer grind.  It always seems like summer is a time to catch your breath in ministry. But alas, it is really the time to be preparing for the next season including developing your Small Group Leadership Team.  There is always more training that can be done.


And maybe it's time to rethink how we develop leaders.


Join us June 14th at 12:00 central time...it's free!  Just call 1-626-677-3000 (access number: 24247).



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The Small Group Ministry Show

Sustaining Healthy Groups


Don't miss the latest Small Group Show episode!


In this Episode, Steve and Brett give 7 principles to sustain and build healthy small groups. 


See a preview of the new move "Home Run" as well as an interview with Saddleback's John Baker 


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