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Practical retention

8 easy, practical ways to keep the groups you start

Steve Gladen

by Steve Gladen


We all have the challenge of keeping the small groups that we start, right?


Whether you've got 2 new small groups or 2,000, Steve Gladen has got 8 practical tips you can instantly implement to keep your groups together.



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Retention: New Learnings

Our Latest Campaign Strategy Rick Warren New 2010

by Rick Warren


I recently sat down with a few key leaders here at Saddleback to chat through our latest campaign strategy. Don't miss some new learnings from our team!




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Practical retention
New learnings
Steps to take
Leadership Principle
Group Talk
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Retention: Steps before the end
Are you setting your groups up for success?
by Allen White
Small group expert, Allen White, guides us through the process of setting our groups up for "day 41," when your group's initial study is complete.
Have you prepared your groups now for the future?

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Retention: Coaching
Crafting your coaching strategy

by Mark Howell


Do you have a strategy for recruiting, training, and deploying coaches for your small groups?


If you want to retain leaders, it's time to start thinking critically about how to shepherd those leaders. Learn from Mark Howell about setting this up in your context. 

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Retention: a Leadership Principle
Here is a short clip to help encourage you, and your leaders, to not lead alone.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Is this a video that you can use to encourage potential small group leaders to step in to the game?

Leading "alone" is dangerous. Leading with someone else is healthy. Do your small group leaders have a co-leader?

If you want to retain your small groups, pair them up to work together. Do you have any small group leaders that are off on their own, being a "nut"?

Retention: Creating engaging discussion
Does your group engage the "quiet guy"?
by Ben Reed
Is your group good at engaging everyone in meaningful discussion? If you want your groups to stick around, this is an important element.
Ben Reed lists 9 ways to engage the people that tend to stay on the sidelines during a discussion.
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Did you miss last month's Group Talk? Download and listen to Ron Wilbur talking about coaching infrastructure right HERE!

Small Group Vital Signs
with Mike Mack


Is your Small Group Healthy?


Is it thriving, surviving, or declining? 

Is your group missional or in maintenance mode?

On Thursday, March 14 at 12 noon Central Time, Mike Mack will be our featured guest on GroupTalk.  We will be discussing his perspective and evaluation process for determining the health of your Small Group.  Mike will share helpful stories, biblical principles and practical ideas leading to health and vitality for your Grouplife Ministry.

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, March 14th  

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
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