25 Small Group Quotes from “The Lobby” SoCal 2017

The largest global network of small group ministry leaders, the “Small Group Network,” annually hosts “The Lobby” small group conference in Southern California. Here are the top 25 quotes from this amazing week…

People join a small group for content, but they stay for the relationships.Rick Warren

You can’t microwave a great small group ministry.Steve Gladen

Make sure that you are not just talking about community, but that you are experiencing community yourself.Bill Willits

Authentic Community is both the goal of the church and the means of achieving that goal.Ben Reed

Eight of the ten largest churches in the world are small group based.Randall Neighbour

Growing churches require growing leaders. I don’t worry about growing the church, I worry about growing me. – Rick Warren

Living in an angry world causes a Christian to go back to the basics.Valerie Bell

When it comes to small groups, most American Christians tend to get excited about content before being hooked by community. – Andrew Mason

Your leaders are worthy of your investment. – Nick Lenzi

Pay attention to your soul. You can only give out of the overflow of what God is doing in you. – Carolyn Taketa

Bigger isn’t better, healthy is better. The key to health is small groups. Rick Warren

Staffing is never the answer, engaging your volunteers is.Steve Gladen

We best influence people with whom we have relationship.Bill Willits

First reach them as a friend, then reach them as a friend to your small group & then they will become a friend of Jesus.Randall Neighbour

The more people that drink from your well, the deeper your well needs to be. Therefore, feed your soul. – Daniel Thomas

The devil plays in two arenas – fear & isolation, so get with other people & join in a “Huddle.” – Steve Gladen

The Small Group Network is here to pick you up, dust you off and put you back together again.Nick Lenzi

Small groups should be considered as an additional pipeline to deliver the Lead Pastor’s message to the church.Andrew Mason

Preaching only doesn’t bring discipleship, you need small groups.Rick Warren

If you don’t have community in the good times, guess what… you don’t have it in the bad times. – Adam Workman

We believe the local church should be the safest place on the planet for a person to discuss anything.Bill Willits

I could not imagine living my life without my small group. My group is my family. – Eric Falcinella 

There is a difference between a church that has small groups in it and a church of small groups.Rick Warren

If you don’t have an infrastructure in place, they will go away as quickly as they came.Steve Gladen

To grow spiritually you must be connected relationally. – Bill Willits

3 Keys To Soaring Summer Small Groups

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Last month we launched our summer term of small groups & have seen hundreds of un-connected people get connected into community! We’ve seen new friendships being made, families growing deeper in faith & lots of fun being had! We’ve seen many new leaders rise up to use their God-given gifts in leading & facilitating these groups! Praise God!

Summer doesn’t have to be a time to hit cruise & watch your small group ministry fade! By using the 3 keys below, I believe your summer small groups can soar!

#1 Think “Outside” the Box

In the fall & winter terms, all of our groups gather in homes, but in the summer we do a hybrid of both home groups & interest based groups that gather outside! Yes, many people are traveling during the summer, however I’ve found most are not all out-of-town at the same time! Therefore, think outside the box of ways to gather people into community! Hint: Outdoors, fitness, BBQ’s, etc

“A church must grow larger and smaller at the same time. Larger through worship and smaller through small groups.” – Rick Warren (RickWarren.org)

#2 Recruit Leaders Who are Hiding in the Shadows

Due to travel, several of our key hosts were unavailable to lead home groups this summer. Yet, because we had already been thinking “Outside” the box, it was easy to start identifying & recruiting leaders who were hiding in the shadows that might have been previously overlooked. Most of these leaders had experience in or a passion for one of our special interest groups or home group curriculums.

“Raising up new leaders is an intentional process, rooted in Biblical discipleship, that deepens peoples’ commitment to Christ and His kingdom.” – Andrew Mason (SmallGroupChurches.com)

#3 Promote Groups With an Appeal to People’s Summer Interests 

Our special interest groups include: a geo-caching expedition group, a couple of softball groups, a mommies group, a bicycling group, a baking group, a motorcycle group, a mountain biking group, a couple of fitness groups & an intro to music group – all of which incorporate a quick time of prayer! Our home groups are video driven & topical based.  If asked, I think most people would be very interested in this type of community! The focus is not so much promoting summer small groups, but promoting community, the outdoors & discipleship!

“When we have fun, we can invite people along who might not be ready to attend a Bible study or go to church, giving them an opportunity to begin building relationships with other people who are followers of Jesus.” – Will Johnston (WillFJohnston.com)

What else are you doing to cause your summer small groups to soar?

Growing Big through Small Groups: Andrew Mason on Relationally Reaching the Postmodern Culture

Andrew Mason is the Small Groups Pastor at Real Life Church in Sacramento & the founder of SmallGroupChurches.com where he coaches, equips & resources pastors, leaders & churches around the nation regarding all things small groups! Possessing a wealth of knowledge, Andrew touches on these topics…

  • How to reach the post-modern culture through small groups
  • 5 reasons why you can’t afford not to implement small groups
  • How to grow big through small groups
  • Why small groups are ideal for discipleship & community
  • Top 3 small group curriculum recommendations
  • How to get jump started leading small groups

This is a must-watch interview for anyone involved in leading small groups or anyone thinking about it!

For all things small groups, leadership & ministry, follow Andrew on twitter @_AndrewSMason & @SGChurches!

Andrew Mason