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7 Signs of a Healthy Small Group

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I'm sold on small groups. There are very few ways to create an atmosphere conducive to building strong relationships than studying the Bible in the living room of a friend. I also agree with Rick Howerton about the need to consider a more organic pathway to healthy groups. I was recently in a conversation …

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Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

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Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church's doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The more qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be... or so goes conventional wisdom. But is …

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Small Group Ministry versus Leading a New Kind of Tribe

Different Kind of Tribe

Traditional small group ministry might seem like a leap ahead of the lecture-based classroom in terms of relationship-building, but the rate of change in our surrounding culture still far outpaces the rate of change within the church. Small group ministry is changing. Again. And Rick Howerton, one of the few …

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6 Goals of An Effective Small Group Ministry

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We haven't officially launched our small group ministry at Grace Hills yet. I've done plenty of reading, researching, and consulting the minds of some of the nation's foremost small groups thinkers. What I've discovered is that there is a broad variety of approaches to small group ministry, many tempered by …

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Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

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There are, in every industry, certain books that serve as cornerstones - manuals of the trade, if you will. If you want to fix a car, you buy a Chilton's Guide. If you're working in any psychology-related field, you need a DSM-IV manual. And if you're in small group ministry, ministry leadership, or you simply …

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You Need to Know Mark Howell

Mark Howell

I once had a tradition of telling you whom you should know - leaders from whom I'm learning - and I'm reviving that practice today by recommending Mark Howell. Mark is one of our Pastors.com community contributors and I asked him to become one on the basis of his practical and helpful insights, plus a good …

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I’m Pumped About Online Small Groups

Online Small Groups at Saddleback

Saddleback Church is making huge leaps forward when it comes to interacting with people across a more social web. Johnny Baker recently became Pastor of the Online Campus, which is finally recognized as an official campus rather than simply an internet-based broadcasting tool. And now, Saddleback is rolling out …

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Lessons On Community from Huntington Beach

A Community at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach represents authentic southern California beach culture. You've got bodybuilders working out on the sand, skateboards and bikes covering the boardwalk, and street performers driving nails up their noses for tip money. My family and I visited there yesterday with the Krumm's, friends of ours here …

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