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Small Groups: Pruning for New Growth

Meredith Mahon Morris February 27, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to tour a botanical garden. I enjoyed the beauty of the blooming flowers but also learned so much about the different trees and bushes along the way. As we passed a young pine tree our guide explained that this tree in particular had been through a pruning process called candling…. Continue Reading »

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First Church Sterling Heights Focuses on Building Stronger Community

Meredith Mahon Morris February 23, 2017

We are excited for our ministry partners, First Church Sterling Heights, and how they are reaching their goals of building community. Sterling Heights is a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. First Church was founded in 1962 by Carl and Mary Hill, retired seniors who had a burdened heart to minister to children.  As fate would have… Continue Reading »

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Finding Community in 2017

Meredith Mahon Morris January 19, 2017

It isn’t hard to find an article or study that proves the benefits found in living in community with others. Healthy friendships have been found to have a positive impact on a person’s physical health, mental clarity, positive decision making, emotional health, self-esteem and even lengthened lifespan! So why do so many of us find… Continue Reading »

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How to Grow with Good Group Communication

John Gilman September 14, 2016

Running an effective small group ministry is a lot of work.  There are many details that are involved with keeping things organized and running efficiently.  Once your group is up and running, the biggest challenge is proper communication.  Can we get an amen?  Pastors and leaders should already know the importance of communication to the… Continue Reading »

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Getting Your Small Groups Ready for Fall

John Gilman August 31, 2016

The small group model in churches has really exploded in recent years and has proven itself to be very effective in building relationships and strengthening one’s walk with the Lord.  As a leader of this ministry, how do you keep building momentum and see church small groups continuing to grow?  Every church is unique in… Continue Reading »

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Don’t Put The Brakes on Summer Groups

John Gilman May 2, 2016

It’s tempting to waive the white flag, to throw your hands up in surrender, to the summer slump. Many churches simply resign their efforts and re-appropriate them in the fall. First on the chopping block of suspended ministries are groups. It’s almost expected that groups will take a break during the summer months. But, doing… Continue Reading »

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What Summer Means for Small Groups

John Gilman April 4, 2016

When summertime hits, people go places. Beaches, amusement parks, lakes, cabins, vacation homes; you name it, people go there. They want to be out and about, shaking off that cabin fever that’s plagued so many for too long. It seems like people go everywhere more, except to your church’s small groups. People want a break… Continue Reading »

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