Archive for February, 2016

steve gladenHow do you build healthy small groups?

Steve Gladen, Global Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church, shares his passion and journey of creating healthy small groups since 1998. Listen to how Steve helps roughly 8,000 groups at Saddleback to become healthy and growing.  He describes the principles from his book to create small groups with purpose. Learn how you can build healthy and growing small groups in your ministry and church.

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Have the end in mind. When you drive somewhere, you know where you are going or at least you should. There is a destination…an end. You need to know your destination with small groups. What’s the outcome and the win? If you don’t know that then you’ll just be driving aimlessly and without purpose. Discuss and dream what the end goal of your small group ministry is so that you can start to build and drive there.

  2. Groups need to be balanced and healthy (5 purposes). It’s not enough for small groups to just meet and go through the curriculum or Bible study. There are ways to measure health and the purposes. Does you group incorporate the five purpose of worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry and mission? A healthy small group will exhibit these purposes. It won’t happen every week but there are elements of these in the cycle of the group.

  3. Top Down Needed. You can’t have a successful small group ministry without the support and direction of the senior pastor. The senior pastor needs to be a big voice and supporter of small groups on the pulpit and actually be in a small group themselves. Pastors need to be in small groups and model that for everyone else too. We can’t sell something where we aren’t buying it ourselves. It needs to start from the top down in order to create a successful and thriving small group ministry in your church.

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Napa-Michelle-Kim-Kelly-Dlux-6-featured-1024x683How can you thrive in an interracial marriage?

Kelly Dlux (the DJ Pastor) and Michelle Kim (actress and photographer), share their difficult journey of dating and getting married twice together. Listen to them openly talk about their struggle and conflict with their family and how they navigated that tension. You will be inspired and encouraged by their faith that is rooted in Christ.

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Don’t let FEAR win. Fear is probably one of the biggest reasons why people don’t move forward and do things and this applies in relationships. We let the fear of the future, fear of commitment, fear or conflict or pain to deter something that could be so beautiful. It’s important to listen to our fears to understand ourselves better, but we shouldn’t ever let our fears determine our future. I would strongly encourage people to talk through those fears and take baby steps of not letting those fears control you. We can’t live in fear or else we aren’t really living.

  2. Love is a choice and it’s HARD. Our culture loves to romanticize love and show how it’s so easy. It’s based on feelings and feelings are never a good indication for the strength of a relationship. Love and relationships are great and fun but they are always incredibly difficult. There will be so many moments when you don’t feel like you’re in love or want to love. But love is a choice. We need to choose love especially with our significant others. This is incredibly difficult when things are hard and tough but when we do it, it’s equally liberating and makes your relationship even stronger.

  3. There’s always hope! It doesn’t matter how bad things are in a relationship even if family’s don’t approve or don’t support you. There’s always hope that the hearts of your family can change. There’s always hope that their hearts will soften and that there can be healing and reconciliation. If we lose hope than there won’t be any changes.

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