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A Small Group Christmas: Giving What Matters

Giving your Leaders What 

Matters This ChristmasSteve Gladen

by Steve Gladen


Are you giving your leaders what truly matters this Christmas? Or are you sticking to traditions because that's what you've always done?


Learn from Steve, and how he's relationally blessed his leaders over the years in churches of varying sizes. 


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A Small Group Christmas: The Purpose

Do you understand the purpose of Christmas?

by Rick Warren


Rick Warren: The Purpose of Christmas
Rick Warren: The Purpose of Christmas



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In This Issue
Giving Leaders what Matters
The purpose
Balanced Ideas
The party
Thinking Globally
Group Talk
Small Group Show
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A Small Group Christmas: Balanced Christmas season ideas 
15 Christmas Ideas for your Small Group
by Ben Reed
Looking for some ideas for your group this Christmas season?
Are you balancing your approach? Or are you leaning too heavily into one area of group life?
Here are 15 ideas you can chew through for your group. Starting today!

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A Small Group Christmas: The Party
How to throw a Christmas small group party 
by Ron Wilbur
You want to throw a Christmas party with your small group, right?
Don't you want to do it "right"? Don't you want to craft something that's fun, engaging, and encourages people to attend?
Let small group expert Ron Wilbur be your guide.
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A Small Group Christmas: Thinking Globally
A note from Ghana
Andrew Lendor is the Small Group Network's representative in Ghana. On November 19, he emailed us asking for prayer.

Let's not let him down.

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Enemies of the Small Group Pastor's Heart
with Mark Mehlig and Vinnie Cappetta


Because we care about you, the Small Group Pastor/Point Person...


Leading the Small Group Ministry at your church can be a growling and sometimes lonely job.  So, this month's GroupTalk is meant to bless you.  Whether you feel tired, beaten up and your batteries are running low or if you want to guard against these things, this hour long conference call on December 13th may be exactly what you need.


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


Conference Call Details:

Date: Thursday, December 13th  

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

Behind the Scenes with Saddleback & Willow Creek 


Don't miss the latest Small Group Show episode!


In this episode, hear how one pastor from Indian Creek turned his sermons into a book which became a small group study and a church-wide campaign. Also hear from Rick Warren on "You Belong to a Family". 


Also, Scott Boren and Randall Neighbour teach on Missional Groups.


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Steve Gladen
SGN Founder and Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church
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