This month we are featuring Pastor Steve Gladen’s website. Steve is the Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church. His website, smallgroups.net is a wealth of information and resources – and a lot of it is free! This month we are highlighting his free resources. As you might imagine, over the years Steve has amassed a great deal of information helpful to leaders of Small Group Ministry. His wish is that you use this information in developing your own healthy and balanced Small Group Ministry.
Starting a Small Group Ministry – This page will provides resources to not only help you get started in your Small Group Ministry, but also details what makes Saddleback’s Small Group Ministry unique.
- Ten Things to Think About Before Starting a Small Group Ministry
- The Saddleback Small Group Difference
- Small Group Pathway
Infrastructure – Every healthy Small Group Ministry needs a healthy infrastructure to support it. These resources will give you a glimpse into how Saddleback can structure a Small Group Ministry that supports over 5000 small groups.
- Community Leader Quick Start
- Host Leader Pathway
- Small Group Curriculum Pathway Sample
- Small Group U Course Plan
- Small Group Community Leader and Area Leader role tasks
- Area Leader Strategy
- and more!
Small Group Connection – One of the most commonly asked questions is, How do we get people into small groups? These free downloads will help you to begin a strategy that works for your church.
- Small Group Connection Set Up Instructions
- Small Group Connection Process
- Large Group Connection Process Instructions
- Suggestion Connection Agenda
- Suggested Connection Questions
- Connection Box Materials List
- Bingo Game Connection Tool
- Staff Connection Briefing
- 7 Tips to Connecting New Members
Campaigns – A veteran of many church campaigns, Steve has included a great article here with his best tips for a successful campaign in your church.
- Twelve Tips to a Successful Campaign
Small Group Planners – This page provides a variety of planners to help you, your groups, and your church to balance the biblical purposes.
- My Personal Game Plan
- My Group Game Plan
- My Church Game Plan
- Curriculum Planner
- Health Assessment and Planner
- MAP Workbook
- Planning Calendar
Small Group Resources – An assortment of great resources for the Leaders of Small Group Ministry as well as resources for their Small Group Leaders.
- Small Group Guidelines and Agreement
- Small Group Evaluation
- Ten Ideas for Promoting Shared Ownership
- Small Group Host Role Description
- Small Group Host Application
- Small Group Team Roles
- New Small Group Temp ACL Role Description
- Small Group Community Leader Role Description
- Small Group Roster
- Serving the Lord’s Supper
- Performing a Foot Washing Ceremony
- Small Group Terminology
Steve’s Articles – A collection of articles Steve has written on various small group topics.
- A Balanced Small Group Strategy
- Build Your Small Groups Around God’s Purposes
- Building a Baptism Culture in Your Church
- Building a Simple Clear Small Group Leadership Pathway
- Getting Everyone to Serve in Your Small Groups
- How to Connect Every Person in Your Church
- How to Increase the Small Group Connection at Your Church
- How to Keep Your Small Groups Involved in Discipleship
- Making Your Small Groups Models of Evangelism
- Making Your Small Groups Models of Fellowship
- Nine Ways to Revitalize Your Sunday School
- Quick Test: Is Your Church Ready for Easter Visitors?
- Small Groups or Sunday School?
- Sustaining Small Group After 40 Days of Purpose
Spiritual Growth Tools – Here you will find a variety of small group studies that you can download and use for free.
- Confess and Repent
- Life of Prayer
- Spiritual Habits
- Lifestyle of Worship
- Memorizing Scripture
- Names of God
- Simply Content
- Time Alone With God
Topical Scripture – A great collection of scripture on various topics such as:
- Behaviors and Attitudes
- Hope and Encouragement
- How God Deals With Our Sins
- Loving Through Listening
- Power Over Bitterness
- Resting in the Love of God
- Sexual Intimacy Outside Marriage
- Sexual Purity
- Terminal Illness and Grief
On this same page, there are also articles on topics such as:
- A Guide to Fasting
- Recommended Reading for Those You are Helping
- What the Bible says About Infant Baptism
- What the Bible says About Sex Outside Marriage
- Why Does God Allow Evil
Be sure to check back with the website often, since Steve is continually adding resources and materials!