July 2012The Freedom Issue, 712
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Prison Barb Wire

The "Easy" Prison Guards of our Soul & Groups Ministry

by Steve Gladen


It's the subtle things in life have the rippling effects in my ministry that can take my freedom, even more than the "big" sinful issues  can crush. 


Could these "easy" things actually hold us more captive than we think and in reality take our freedom in Christ? See if these "easies" resonate with you.


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Freedom in your Small Group
Kirby Holmes

Relational Transparency, Small Groups, & Freedom

by Kirby Holmes


Do you know if the people in your Small Group are struggling with relational distrust, loneliness, brokenness, insecurity or shame? 


What about addiction, abuse, adultery, sexual attraction, anger, or others? If you don't know the answer to these questions, then you probably don't have relational transparency in your group and the opportunity for healing and freedom doesn't exist. 


Find out how to pursue transparency and lead your group to freedom.


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Small Group Freedom
Summer Reading
Group Talk
Small Group Show
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7 Ways Your Small Group Can Reach People for JesusRick Warren
by Rick Warren

Do you remember the story of the paralytic in Luke 5 - where four men broke through the roof of a synagogue to lower their friend to Jesus? Sometimes it takes something that radical to lead someone to Jesus!


And sometimes it just takes the caring, consistent love of a small group of Christians


Are you doing these 7 things to lead people to Jesus?  


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A Summer Small Group Reading List
summer on the lakeWell, it's summer again.

Which means planning, preparing, and, hopefully, slowing down to read a bit.   

Undoubtedly, you have plenty on your list to read. But in case you're looking for some new small group-related summer reading material, we've got you covered.

There have been some great groups-related books that have been released this year...ones that are worth your time.  
Read any of these? 



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Group Talk
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Dealing with Discouragement
with Ed Applegate



We all face discouragement from time to time.  And it comes in many forms from numerous angles in our lives and ministry.  The July GroupTalk will help each of us take a "check-up from the neck up" concerning discouragement.


Freedom from discouragement may be an elusive thing, but the feelings and emotions associated can be dealt with in real and tangible ways.  Ed Applegate, Pacific Regional Leader for the Small Group Network and Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Crossroads Grace Community Church in Manteca, CA, will be our guest.  Ed is described as "seriously smiley".  


Though he is almost always upbeat and... well... smiley, he, like so many of us, faces discouragement on a regular basis. Join us July 19th at noon central time for a free conference call at 1-626-677-3000 (access code: 24247) 




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The Small Group Ministry Show

New and Next in Small Group Ministry 

Don't miss the latest Small Group Show episode!


In this Episode, Steve and Brett share valuable tools and insights on launching new groups. 


Also hear from John Phelps and Mark Mehlig. Inside is a special promo for the upcoming Twelve Plus Conference 

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