Rooted – Coming to Real Life Church in September 2016

Rod Rooted PANNED AUDIO from mariners church on Vimeo. Rooted Intro Video – Caleb Anderson from Experience Rooted on Vimeo. Rooted Experience Rooted is a catalyst for life change. It provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of Rooted as a personal journey of faith. A journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, biblical community and your…

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Lame Excuses

Our goal is to have at least 80% of our weekly worship service attendance connected to a small group. Currently we have 1647 people involved with 5-6,000 attending worship services, which comes to about 30%. 80% is doable, but it is going to take the coordinated efforts of a lot of people in our church to pull it off! Our first step is to overcome the many excuses for why…

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Helping Everyone Find and Follow Jesus

This fall Real Life Church will be expanding to a multi-site campus in Canyon Country. Our facilities are maxed out and our strategy for making room for more of our friends to join us, is to go out to the people.  Pastor Brennan Conklin will be the campus pastor, and he is currently putting a core team together so that everyone will be cared for by somebody. Several years ago…

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Resources for Small Group Ministry

A leader is a reader. Howard Hendricks commented, “I would rather have my students drinking from a running spring, than a stagnant pond.” The following books have been a life giving stream to me as I have served to lead God’s people to obey Jesus’ call to make disciples to the ends of the earth. Discipleshift by Jim Putnam Simple Small Groups by Bill Search Multiply by Francis Chan Prepare…

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Five Church Friction Points

Many churches, large and small, say that they want to be inclusive and practice “hospitality,” which is defined as “love of strangers,” but something gets in the way, and 85 to 90% of churches have plateaued or are in decline. What are the friction points that cause a church to lose momentum, become complacent and lose their passion for reaching out to the unchurched and the de-churched? While Jesus made it clear…

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Community in Cultural Crisis

Can we all just get along? Rodney King asked that question many years ago, and we still struggle with figuring this out in our messy world. In a culture that is confused on defining marriage and preoccupied with threats of terrorism, racial unrest, and threats of anarchy, what is a Christian to do? Culture was messy in Jesus’ day too, but we don’t find him standing on a street corner condemning…

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10 Helps for Small Group Community

Few other tasks in the family of God surpass the contribution by those who are willing to make disciples of Jesus through small groups. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind. •  Remember you are not alone. God knows everything about you, and He knew you would be asked to lead your group. Even though you may not feel ready to lead, this is common for all good leaders. God…

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6 Reasons Every Church Needs Small Groups

Most people are intimidated to speak in front of a crowd. It has been said that many people would rather be the person in the casket than have to stand up and speak in front of people at a funeral. This means that most people would not feel comfortable teaching a class of twenty or more people.  However those same people would feel comfortable teaching a small group of 8…

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8 Spiritual “Health Benefits” of Small Group Ministry

        What are the long term “spiritual health” benefits of creating a strong small group ministry in the local church? Gifts – Small groups provide the opportunity for every spiritual gift to be exercised.  In a larger worship service, only a few people exercise a spiritual gift, the pastor exercises the gift of preaching or teaching and Worship Pastor and team use their spiritual gifts and talents…

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Why Connect to a Small Group?

Moving people from rows in a church, to circles in a living room is just the beginning of the process of building the kind of community that is on the heart of Jesus. We are seeking the kinds of groups that Jesus would lead, if He was here in the flesh. Life giving groups experience the presence and power and enabling that comes from Jesus as He meets with His…

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The Real Reason Saddleback Connects So Many in Groups

By Mark Howell Ever heard the stories about Saddleback’s thousands of small groups and wondered what they’re really doing?  Maybe you heard the rumor that with Decade of Destiny they launched enough new groups to break 5,000 groups for the first time.  Not 5,000 people in groups.  5,000 groups! Want to know how they’re doing it? I hint at the reason in one of my most popular articles (The Top 10 Reasons Saddleback Has Connected Over…

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What is a Small Group?

A small group of up to 10 to 16 people who meet weekly to share with, study with and support one another. A trained leader, apprentice and host lead each group. Where can they meet? The leader determines where the group meets. Most groups, of course, will meet in homes. But, some may choose to meet in the workplace, on campuses and some in church facilities depending upon the nature…

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