Category Archives: Small Groups

Multisite Groups

Community is messy. Community in a multi-site church is messier. I have spent the last 12 years on staff at churches with multiple campuses (Seacoast and Cross Point), and the overall lesson that I have learned is that every issue churches normally have, you can multiply it exponentially when you go multisite. Everything is more […]

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How We Got To 80% – part 5 (New Leaders)

With this post, I am going to give a very broad look at the process we have developed for new community group leaders. This is somewhat different from what it looks like for our Host Groups. Interview – The first step after we have identified a potential new leader is an interview with the new […]

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10 Myths About Groups

I want to dispel a few popular myths that exist about small groups: Groups are for everyone – all of the time. It’s ok for people to take breaks from group life occasionally. Even Jesus retreated away from his small group from time-to-time. Home groups are always better than Sunday School. I think that Sunday […]

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How We Got To 80% – part 3

The area of groups that we have probably experimented with the most is the connection process. After trying several different approaches, what we have discovered is – all of the above. There is not a “one size fits all” method to moving people from the crowd to homes. What works perfectly for your typical extrovert, […]

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How We Got To 80% – part 2

I grew up in Houston, so we would occasionally make the drive through Louisiana on our way east. There’s a stretch over the swamps on I-10 that advertises the next exit is something like 25 miles. I remember seeing that sign as a kid and immediately panicking as I quickly thought through every drink that I had consumed since […]

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Healthy Groups

Since we put most of our ministries under the Community Groups banner, we have to be able to measure whether our groups are healthy or not. To do that, we have identified 3 things that every community group should have: 1. Community Our groups are ultimately about doing life together. This does not mean that […]

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