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Small Group 101: Fellowship

Fellowship is a VerbSteve Gladen

by Steve Gladen


What does a healthy follower of Christ look like?


Do small groups really help us lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus?


Find out how Steve and his team at Saddleback processed through these vital questions.



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Small Group 101: The power of Mobilization
Rick Warren New 2010

6 Degrees of Mobilization

by Rick Warren


Ever heard that there are only 6 degrees of separation between any two people?


Social media today makes connecting with people easier than ever. And this truth has huge implications for ministry.


The easier it is to get connected with the right people, the easier it is to do ministry, and lead more and more people to the Truth.



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In This Issue
Setting Goals
The King of Community
Sharing Your Faith
Group Talk
Small Group Show
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Small Group 101: Setting Reachable Goals
Planning for Progress
by Liz Linssen
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So the adage goes.
But how do we actually plan for small group success? How do we help group leaders set, and maintain, a healthy course of growth and progression?
Author and speaker Liz Linssen teaches us from a recent coaching workshop she attended. Her insights will help you, your group, and your ministry.
Whether you're a small group leader or a small group pastor, don't miss this article!

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Small Group 101: the King of Community
The King of Community 
by Ben Reed
If we're going to talk "Small Group 101," we've got to talk about how to develop authentic community. We all know how important it is...but is it even possible to guarantee it's going to happen? Is it possible to structure a group so that it hits the mark every time?
Ben Reed seems to think so.
Do you know what the king of community is?


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Small Group 101: Sharing Your Faith
Share your Faith!
Ever struggle to share your faith? Not sure what to say? How to say it? When to say it and in what context?

Did you know there's an app for that? And that it's free?!?

How to Share Your Faith
How to Share Your Faith

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Designing your Groups Ministry to Fit Your Church Culture
with Spence Shelton




Is your Small Group Ministry "Designed to fit the Culture and Context" of your church? Now that's a hard question to answer. Yet, it is a legitimate question we all must face.  Join host Jay Daniell and featured guest Spence Shelton for GroupTalk on Thursday, Nov 15, as they unpack a few of the key components that have the greatest impact on the design or redesign of your SG ministry. Simply dial into the conference number and enter your access code to enjoy the discussion. 


We would love to answer all your specific questions concerning this topic, so please, email your questions to me in advance or during the call at 


Conference Call Details:

Date: Thursday, November 15th  

Time:  1:00 PM (ET); 12 Noon (CT); 11:00 AM (MT); 10:00 AM (PT)

Dial-in-number:  1-626-677-3000 

Participant Access Code:  24247




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The Small Group Ministry Show

Connecting Your Church Through a Church-Wide Campaign 


Don't miss the latest Small Group Show episode!


In this Episode, Brett and Steve talk about how to produce your own curriculum and church wide campaign. 


Also hear testimonies of how church wide campaigns at Saddleback have made a powerful and lasting impact on the church and it's people. Also, Brett Eastman talks about Life's Healing Choices and how to Connect Your Congregation in 90 Days. 


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