October 2012Healthy Small Groups, 1012
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Changing Diapers & Spiritual Health Steve Gladen

by Steve Gladen


Before you can build your small group strategy, you have to realize the importance of working on your own spiritual journey. We all have a dark side - something broken inside us. If you are not aware that you need to work on your own issues, you are wasting your time. If you don't realize your spiritual journey needs to be engaged and developed, you are missing what being formed in Christ is all about. Before you can guide your small groups in achieving balance, you must understand how to work on balance in your own life. 


Care to know where to start?


For me, it starts with diapers. Find out why.



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Leadership Lifter
Rick Warren New 2010

4 Secrets of a Fruitful Ministry 

by Rick Warren


Most people are interested in productivity, but the Bible doesn't use the word "productivity;" instead, you'll find there the word "fruitfulness."


God wants us to have fruitful ministries


Here, Rick Warren shows us some principles that will produce a godly fruitfulness in your life, laying out four conditions that are essential for a fruitful ministry.



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In This Issue
Leadership Lifter
Your Small Group Ministry
Group Multiplication
Healthy Groups
Group Talk
Small Group Show
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New Resource

Bill Donahue is our next guest on Group Talk (listen to all audio HERE) and has just released a great new resource! 
Your Small Group Ministry
3 Views on Group Health
by Boyd Pelley
No matter your small groups system, you've got to have some evaluation method to monitor, and promote, health.
Boyd Pelley, small group guru, lays out the 3 different views you should constantly be taking of your small group ministry. 
Whether you're a small group leader or a small group pastor, don't miss this article!

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Group Multiplication
4 Essential Qualities for Group Reproduction 
by Nathan Creitz
Think it might be time for your group to reproduce itself?
Ready to start leading them in that direction?
Learn from church planter Nathan Creitz as he lays out the 4 essential qualities you must have in place for your group to multiply.


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Healthy Small Group Systems
7 Signs of a Healthy Small Group Ecosystem
by Mike Mack
Is your small group healthy?

How do you know?

Mike Mack lays out 7 signs you can monitor to see if your group is pursuing health as they grow together.
Group Talk
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Balancing Your Leadership with Church Expectations
with Bill Donahue



If you have ever had that feeling, and we all have, that something seems amiss between your ministry ideals and those of the church you serve, then this GroupTalk is for you.  


"Balancing Your Leadership with Church Expectations" with special guest Dr. Bill Donahue, will help each of us navigate these sometimes treacherous waters. Listen in on Thursday, October 11 at 12 Noon Central Time to this passionate discussion. 


If you'd like to listen in and participate in the discussion live, it happens on Thursday, October 11th. Otherwise, check out our podcast HERE, where the interview will be posted afterwards.


Date: Thursday, October 11

Time: 1:00 pm (ET); 12:00 (CT); 11:00 (MT); 10:00 (PT)

Dial-in-number: 1-626-677-3000

Access code: 24247



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The Small Group Ministry Show

Finding Leaders 

Don't miss the latest Small Group Show episode!


In this Episode, hear from Bill Search on how to Find and Recruit Leaders.


Also, Eddie Mosely shares his heart for small group ministry, Steve Gladen talks about a great resource called "Small Groups, Big Impact", Jay Daniel talks about how to build healthy small groups and Brett Eastman interviews Boyd Pelley about churchteams.com 



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SGN Founder and Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church
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