Small group vs. church management: How to pick the right software tool

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These are unprecedented times for churches and small groups. At no other time have there been so many digital resources out there to support congregations. And at no time has the need for digital organization and support been higher. Due to COVID, churches have been forced to get creative with fellowship, and to think outside … Read more

Boost your small group collaboration with these 8 sentences [NVC pt. 2]

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FOR our intro to Nonviolent communication and why you might want to bring it to your group, click here. Nonviolent Communication is collaborative group communication Potato, po-tah-to! Last week we talked about the 4-step process of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The point of adopting this communication strategy is two-fold: 1. Cut down on petty miscommunication issues, … Read more

How to End 90% of Small Group Communication Problems Immediately [NVC pt. 1]

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In our experience, a LOT of petty miscommunication that ends up being a drag on your small group communication, small group collaboration, and overall group morale aren’t really about core issues. Often, miscommunications are over the not-really-little-but-also-entirely-not-the-point kind of things- the way something is said, the way questions get steamrolled over, Y person’s seeming inability … Read more

5 ways to GROW your small groups while social distancing

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For churches, a few things have become clear a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Thriving congregations have been forced to adapt by increasing their digital presence and outreach. In addition, successful churches have empowered small groups to keep members engaged and supported remotely.  A point of clarification.  When we say ‘small group,’ we include study … Read more

Wired to connect: Up happiness by leaning into your social network

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Did you know that social connectedness is a better indicator of adult well-being than class, education level, and wealth? Are you aware of the sheer volume of data that show how incredibly vital social connections and quality relationships are to personal happiness? There’s a lot of data out there. Not only that, but in addition, … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Groups: Iterative Intentions for Leveling-up in 2021

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or, “This year will be our best year because…” 2020 was a toughie. A global pandemic, widespread economic anxiety, an unfinished cultural conversation on how to address race and class tensions in America. A lot of really heavy work. A lot of shades of, “well we smashed all of the toothpaste out of the tube. … Read more

How Smart Groups are Surviving 2020: Decentralizing Leadership Empowers Members

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We’re entering our 10th month of a global pandemic. It’s been disruptive to say the least. COVID has flattened our ability to move in the world freely, and to engage with our communities and families in the usual ways. The question for nonprofits, churches, recovery groups, and other active community organizations is how to be … Read more

6 Easy & Engaging Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Groups of all Sizes

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COVID has changed everything….except your need to raise money During the age of COVID, many groups- church groups, social change organizations, etc- have been forced to get creative in their pandemic response. For groups that generally do a lot of fundraising, either as part of their community outreach or in order to fund group initiatives … Read more

“You want us to do what?”: 4 critical steps to getting the group to adopt new tech

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Keep the focus on what’s in it for them Getting the group to adopt new tech is a project. We get it. The luddites in the group are naturally suspicious of any new technology. Others think that if the old way is working well enough, why bother going to the fuss of putting new systems … Read more

Stuck in group email hell? 3 ways to eliminate inbox overload now

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Conducting group business using email alone, as many of us know, is an absolutely Herculean project. Group email hell is a real place. For leaders, the process requires full-time tending. They are forced to orchestrate and monitor every piece of communication with regard to scheduling and decision-making. For members, this collab-via-email “strategy” (if we want … Read more