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

Small Group Leadership Essentials with Carolyn Taketa

Q Do you need some encouragement, fresh strategies and practical advice as a small group point person? If your answer is “Yes,” then you’ve come to the right place!

Carolyn Taketa is the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in West Lake Village, CA. She is the author for such publishers as “Christianity Today” and Host of the Small Group Network’s “Group Talk” Podcast. In this month’s video interview, I ask Carolyn the following questions in this exciting interview…

  • What is one challenge that you face as a small group point person and how do you go about addressing it?
  • What small group model do you employ at your church, what do you like about it and how does it work?
  • When it comes to coaching small group leaders, what is one piece of practical advice you would offer?
  • When it comes to actually hosting a small group, what is your number one piece of advice for hosts?
  • What is one or more books on leadership or small groups that you would recommend?
  • What is one reason you would give for why people should attend“The Lobby” gathering in SoCal March 2017?